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Joseph R. Martan April 24, 2014 at 11:41 am
When I graduated from LT in 1967 we were told that we were the second best high school in IllinoisRead More (New Trier was number one) and among the top ten nationally. Now New Trier is #15 and LT is #40?!? What has happened in the intervening decades. If the proposal to do away with class rank is any indicator I suspect my alma mater is succumbing more and more to the trendy aspects of modern education and moving away from expecting accomplishment.
Geneva Taxpayer April 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm
@Herc, that's because Joliet high schools make you ready for McDonalds, not college.
Herc April 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm
LOL @Geneva, I don't think Geneva's are much better.
Orange County Sheriff's deputies conduct a bomb sweep at San Clemente High School earlier this month. | Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
David Greenberg March 28, 2014 at 11:46 am
"Virtual walls"? Geezus... GPS spoofing is but one way around the geofence. The otherRead More is simply walking up to someone and saying "HEY *(&*(^^#&*(Y($*() !!!!!" Or use a different app created with a bogus email account... *sigh*. Sticks and stones people... sticks and stones... Walk it off and move on...
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm
thats for sure, this country is turning into a bunch of pansies!!
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
my kid tells me that his buddy who lives over in Europe has a math book that shows a drawing of anRead More obese American eating a Cheeseburger with Plumbers Ass , as if we are a bunch of slobs over here!!! Is that nice or what???
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ITeach2 November 10, 2013 at 11:06 am
As a teacher, these are the cons of Common Core: 1. There is no consideration of childRead More development; increased rigor means trying to teach children concepts their brains are not ready for in many instances. 2. It has "raised the bar" to a point that it is unreachable by the majority of children, so they continue to "fail" and they know it. 3. The people who are developing this testing system are getting an incredible amount of money and our schools cannot even afford to pay for buses for field trips. 4. Our computer labs are already shut down 9 weeks a year for standardized testing; we do not have the technology resources to test our students using the PARCC assessments that Common Core requires. 5. Our second-language learners and our special education students will continue to be tested in ways that they cannot begin to meet standards. 6. We are making our children feel dumb, and how is that in any way a positive thing?
Kim S November 11, 2013 at 02:21 pm
Ted, I just looked back at the presentation submitted by the district for the award. Here it is forRead More your reference. http://dav-ric.d303.org/sites/dav-ric.d303.org/files/pdf/Richmond%20Intermediate,%20IL%202013_0.pdf See page 10. You, your blog, and your article are referenced within the "Compelling Evidence of Success" section. Based on your response to Gene I am concerned. So let me get this right. You report out on the district press releases than the district goes ahead and references your pieces in an award application to legitimize it. Were you aware that the district included this detail? If so, I assume you must be aware of the compelling evidence of success if you were to allow them to use you and Patch as a reference. Remind me again, what was ISBE academic improvement award and is that the same thing as academic excellence? The way it reads in the districts application implies so.
Ted Schnell (Editor) November 11, 2013 at 02:45 pm
Kim, Patch allows users to post their own content. There are times -- this was one -- when IRead More received the release and posted it on Patch. Last year, I believe I wrote a story after the award was mentioned during a board or board committee meeting. The information in that brief story may have been supplemented with additional information from a press release, although I honestly do not recall. I believe other local media also did so. That the district used the article in support of its most recent application was not something I was aware of. That said, they were no obligated to contact me or Patch to request permission to cite the article.
Kim S November 11, 2013 at 04:11 pm
The point that I am making is that the district put a snapshot of your Patch article in theRead More presentation which was misleading. The way the district referenced the Patch article via a snapshot or screen grab intentionally suggests that Richmond Intermediate was recognized for excellence. Unfortunately Richmond Intermediate was not one of the 7 schools recognized for excellence in the district.