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Charlie Cheswick July 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm
Agreed. While the rantings of caps-lock crazed conservatives whose sources are links to otherRead More ranting conservatives might make a compelling argument, consulting with your pediatrician is probably the wiser choice...
Laura July 3, 2014 at 01:26 pm
"Caps-lock crazed conservatives" ??? Come on now Charlie. That's not nice.
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Patricia Stack July 1, 2014 at 09:16 pm
This app is a MUST HAVE for college bound students and their parents! It simplifies and defines theRead More entire college application process! Thank you Ms. Portnoy!
Christopher Wendt July 17, 2014 at 09:08 am
Look at the acceptance and enrollment numbers...Hofstra is in trouble, has been in trouble, wellRead More ahead of the decision to make SAT scores optional. This decision was a purely defensive move, to get butts into seats. Declining enrollment that has infested LI public school districts is now spreading to the local college level. Dowling may not survive because of declining enrollment. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The good news, if you want to call it that, declining local college enrollment will force a consolidation of the market, closing campuses and entire schools that cannot get butts into seats, and in the bargain, driving down the cost of a local college education. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As far as lowering quality, yes that will be inevitable for schools that ease-off entrance qualifications. But that is not bad, because a growing number of would-be students do not really need a college education, and others do not need a top-shelf college education. Think of the difference between lawyers who will eventually go to Harvard Law and then to Washington DC or Wall Street, as compared to lawyers known as ambulance chasers, and those engaged in matrimonial and real estate practices versus all those interested in the law but not qualified to become actual lawyers and who will become paralegals. Like that.
GM Roberts July 20, 2014 at 11:55 am
To think this action is lowering standards and/or promoting a non-competitive paradigm is missingRead More the point that tests like the SAT or ACT are a very specific and narrow type of measurement and they can't gage the many different types of learning and manifested knowledge. A predominantly right-brained person does not usually do well with these more left-brained skewed tests, but their intelligence and skills are as valuable in the real world outside of academia. The fact that there is an entire industry devoted to tutoring students to learn HOW to take these tests should be a warning that the test results are not necessarily an indicator of acquired knowledge in its broadest meaning. These schools are not lowering entrance qualifications, they are including other forms of achievement-based criteria that don't necessarily lower quality but broaden what it means to be "educated." This seems to me to be a better reflection of reality as there are many different types of intelligence and not all can validly be tested on paper.
Christopher Wendt July 20, 2014 at 09:26 pm
@ GM Roberts: this deals with admission decisions into a college, and, specifically, with the SATRead More and ACT, not any other tests "like the SAT or ACT". Prospective students may continue to submit SAT and ACT scores for consideration. Likewise, this is specific to Hofstra, not "these schools", and your assertion that Hofstra is not lowering entrance requirements fails on examination of the number of students who actually matriculate at Hofstra despite a much larger number of acceptance letters having been sent out. Hofstra needs students, not just to be accepted, but to enroll, attend, and pay tuition. Lowering their standards (by making submission of SAT and ACT scores optional) would be one convenient way to attract less qualified prospects who are not just using Hofstra as their safety school, but who will actually attend Hofstra when accepted. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Failing to get student butts into seats would put Hofstra at risk, as Dowling College presently is. If Hofstra does not increase its enrollment, then the discussion of lowering standards will have become purely academic, as others discuss building a roller derby rink or ATV course, or affordable housing at the site of the former Hofstra University.
EG June 26, 2014 at 03:40 pm
School isn't supposed to be day care. People need to pay for their own day care.
Debbie Forsyth June 27, 2014 at 01:17 am
@GW6----Teachers do NOT get paid for the summer. They get paid for a 180 day school year. The Dept.Read More Of Education decided to dole it out in 24 payments. Some schools in other counties in NYS have the option of getting paid in 20 payments or 24 payments. It's still the same annual salary divided by different numbers. Comes out the same either way. You get vacation time and it's part of your salary, not extra vacation pay, am I right?
Sticks60 June 27, 2014 at 03:05 pm
No matter how the money goes out they get paid in Smithtown, on average, $100,000 with a benefitRead More package of almost $40,000. So maybe there should be a little more time spent working in the summer and making it more of a full time job like the rest of us seeing they get paid like us.
Dale from Farmingdale June 13, 2014 at 09:35 pm
Congrats Timmy! I still remember you from Little League (or T-Ball?) I'm Jesse Rindone's mom. VeryRead More proud of you, as I'm sure your parents are.
Deborah B. June 12, 2014 at 09:03 am
... and I agree that college is not for everyone. That is yet another reason why almost myopicRead More emphasis on ELA and math (and associated testing) -- to the near exclusion of just about everything else and its drain on financial resources -- is detrimental to our children.
dan June 13, 2014 at 08:57 am
Re: so what is the real agenda behind cc? Answer " an education economy. United StatesRead More secretary Duncan when building " race to the top" created it with investors. It was spearheaded by investors not educators . Rather than investing in low income schools with race to the top funds, they sought a return on their investment. With the agenda being creating a economy . The first education economy in history. What we are seeing is a new historical precedent. There are billions to be made in this field of education.
Jane L June 14, 2014 at 08:54 am
The agenda has little to with increasing educational standards and everything to do with getting ourRead More children to conform. To have them learn to do things the same way and not challenge the status quo. It's like the patriot act of learning. It gets them comfortable with submission. Years ago, teachers had to teach to their students modality... Some kids are audio learners, some visual, some tactile. The Core forces teachers to teach one way and forces the kids to regurgitate it the same way with no allowances for thinking outside the box to solve/answer questions. That's just WRONG. Our children are individuals and not robots. I fully support increasing standards. This is not the way. And for those who want to compare us to China and Japan, why? We have enough suicides at NYU. I want well rounded children who aren't expected to be perfect. Please see Matt Kibbe's commentary on Freedomworksforme.org. Thx
peter s. June 9, 2014 at 03:15 pm
How about teaching them spelling and grammar? Geography and History would also be good for them toRead More learn. So many children complete school while lacking in basic skills.
Skinny June 10, 2014 at 07:57 am
I'd like to see CPR and AED training offered as an elective. I agree with Mark's suggestion that ALLRead More kids take business math. There are too many economically illiterates exiting HS and college.
Aidan June 11, 2014 at 11:23 am
STOP asking schools to do everything … their primary mission has already been compromised byRead More the insertion of every possible social remedy into the school day.
Woodward Parkway Elementary School: Therese Mannino, Eric Hulse, Erica Hartmann, Debbie Lutz, Becky Korn
Jeffrey Lee June 3, 2014 at 09:50 pm
Congratulations to Farmingdale's Fine Arts department and students.....next time programs areRead More attempted to be cut demand them to be expanded !
alterego June 4, 2014 at 06:45 am
While the accolades are to be praised and proud of, my $10,000 tax bill hopes students leave schoolRead More ready for work, college, and ace acedemic assessment tests.
Jeffrey Lee June 4, 2014 at 10:15 am
Here is the list....what would be interesting is to compare the budgets and taxes.Read More http://www.nammfoundation.org/research/best-communities-music-education-2014
Leah Ragno and Elijah Mas are Farmingdale High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorians. Credit: Farmingdale High School
Dale from Farmingdale May 31, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Whoa...a tie! Don't think I've ever seen that before LOL! CONGRATS to both of you...and theRead More salutatorian. (And to my own son who will be graduating as well.)
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Jeffrey Lee May 20, 2014 at 11:36 am
Why vote? After all those...was the quote again ? Those....."Neurotic and paranoidRead More parents" be voting "yes" like good sheep ? If you vote "no" it will be the end of the world for the students ! Then every school in the district may fall apart brick by brick ! I wonder if it will be the electronic voting machines this year or did that scam continue?
Jeffrey Lee May 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Why vote? After all those...was the quote again ? Those....."Neurotic and paranoidRead More parents". They will be voting "yes" like good sheep ? If you vote "no" it will be the end of the world for the students ! Then every school in the district may fall apart brick by brick ! I wonder if it will be the electronic voting machines this year or did that scam continue?
Frank Reagan May 20, 2014 at 01:02 pm
The School District is not at fault here our public schools are totally neglected by Governor CuomoRead More Can you believe he has not toured a SINGLE public school since he took office? He has severely underfunded our public schools. Our public school students have absorbed massive cuts to the arts, summer school, tutoring, and college credit courses because Governor Cuomo's budgets have left our public schools on a starvation diet. As a result: · 61% have increased class sizes; · 55% have cutback music and art; · 38% have cut summer school; and · 32% have cut extra help for students who need it Staff layoffs, reduced programs, It is a no win situation No body wants higher taxes, I honestly believe the school district has done everything in their power to comply to NYS mandates They are handcuffed by the policies of Cuomo Not to mention the idiotic assessment system in Nassau County The schools do their best to keep expenses down but the tax rate and assessment kills any of their good efforts So as a result there will be fewer teachers, 60 kids in a class. NO SPORTS or music programs great! And your property value will plummet! As I said before it is a no win situation
Theresa Flora May 27, 2014 at 11:40 am
I heard city teachers talking about a third party candidate. This isn't shocking. LiberalsRead More cannot, under any circumstances, vote for a prolifer. It really all boils down to that one issue. The whole charter school debate will be the stated reason they can't back Astorino, but some know better. I hate the idea Astorino scrubbed his charters school ideas from his website, because they weren't gonna vote for him anyway. Stand firm by your beliefs, Astorin. No waffling. If you're gonna go down, go down proud.
Theresa Flora May 27, 2014 at 11:41 am
Oh, and I'm sure Cuomo is gonna do right by the union. Those assessments will get untied to evalsRead More one way or another.
Theresa Flora May 28, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Yo, "Say No": here comes Ravitch. When she came to Fox Lane to speak, I was against it.Read More Hated it. For SO many reasons. Called her a book shill. And now I see a NY Daily News piece that she's being courted by Working Families. I'm not shocked. They (the Left) need...no, NEED, someone besides Cuomo, and definitely besides Astorino. He's too Tea Party-ish. C'mon! Where are you?? You have all these blog posts.... the poetry thingy...probably cursive too.... Come back!!! Please tell me I've been right all along.
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