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M. Stone July 3, 2014 at 08:28 am
From personal experience in the Cobb Co. schools, I'd say the problems in the area of math might beRead More due to teachers not effective in explaining the concepts, teachers not effective in maintaining discipline or quiet in the classrooms while teaching and testing are going on, and teachers absent for long periods resulting in substitutes who don't understand the math or how to teach it. I know the schools and teachers are all trying hard, but these factors I list seem chronic to me. I hope they can be addressed.
Baileyspet July 3, 2014 at 09:34 am
Oh now we must not demean the sacred Decatur Schools. Ask any high paid administrator and they willRead More tell you how excellent our schools are no matter what the test scores show.
John Galt July 3, 2014 at 01:29 pm
Government schools, and what do we spend on them? Ask big Frank what the problem is.
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Brent Seeger July 1, 2014 at 08:53 am
We will all need vaccines when Obama allows our country to overrun by filth carrying every diseaseRead More know to man and then some. Its the end of America as we know it.
Just Say'n July 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm
So Why won't the Republican Congress pass immigration legislation? Obama is trying to deal with theRead More Bush laws re: illegal children crossing the boarder.
Brent Seeger July 1, 2014 at 03:15 pm
We dont want more immigrants. We need real Americans to have jobs and all they need first. TheseRead More other people need to go back home and fix their own countries.
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Octo Slash June 22, 2014 at 09:18 am
I'm certain that whatever the "experts" come up with, it will result in government seizingRead More more of MY money and redistributing it to people who have absolutely no legal claim to it.
American Justice June 22, 2014 at 11:17 am
A number of years ago, the BOE in Orlando, Florida tried year-round schools and it failed miserably!Read More The tremendous increase in costs (year-round buses, year-round utility bills, year-round maintenance the list went on). In addition when a household had more than one child in school (i.e. elementary, middle and high school) it was a nightmare trying to take vacations, plan events etc. when all the household students were off at the same time. The year-round school plan caused such an uproar, after 6 months, the citizens of Orlando began a recall petition to oust the entire BOE! Wanting to keep their "jobs" the Orange County BOE scrapped the plan and continued with traditional attendance plans. How do I know this? I was one of the parents that started the recall petition.
Marie N. June 23, 2014 at 07:38 am
The "year round" school has been tried everywhere and it failed everywhere. They haveRead More named it many things, bottom line is that the kids NEED a break. In Miami-Dade County (4th largest school district in the US) the "Quinmester" system was tried in the '70's. It had been tried elsewhere before and failed, but that did not deter our school board from shoving it down our throats. The premise was that the school year was divided into four 9-week grading systems with two weeks off in between each "quin". The children could attend all four "quins" or take one off for family vacations, etc.. Sounds great, right? Parents made the decision for their children and they could plan their vacations to be at another time than just summer (like there are not other week-long breaks at other times?). Well, it was very expensive for the system because 1. there was no way to know how many kids you would have any particular "quin"...2. course progressions went crazy if kids skipped the "wrong" "quin" 3. most parents continued to take their long vacations in summer (because of work schedules, prices, etc.) 4. etc., etc., etc.. The upheaval was incredible and bottom line, what the parents who picked year round school for their kids wanted was babysitting for the summer. They did not want to be bothered with phone calls from teachers if the kids chose to do nothing. We have destroyed our education system, put our children under incredible amounts of unhealthy stress due to all the "high-stakes testing" and now we don't even want to give them a break in order to be children? I suggest we return to the supposed "failed" system that produced a US that led the world. I hope the attached link will show and that folks will listen. It is long, but he is right on the money! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnC6IABJXOI Do you want your children to have the skills to succeed in whatever future we leave them or do you want them institutionalized? How long did any of these "experts" participate in the educational institution we call schools? I for one, do NOT want them making choices for me.
Rae Anne Resident June 2, 2014 at 09:35 am
Only a grate fool wood let they kids eat food from school. make they lunchers youselves. it aintRead More rockem science.
Solange Kincaid June 2, 2014 at 01:45 pm
When did a school lunch become such a primary event in a students' life? A home-served dinner shouldRead More be the primary meal event where the kiddies share daily events and nosh on the freshly prepared healthy foods selected by the nurturing adult in the home. School lunches should provide the kiddies with quick energy and inexpensive staples like mac 'n cheese, fries, chocolate milk, and ice cream. Volunteer in an Arlington public school cafeteria and see for yourself the food that is trashed daily that could probably alleviate the starving masses in India and Nigeria for a day! Kids also feel stigmatized by signing in with a school ID that designates free lunch recipients whereas the other kids produce the cash. School-provided breakfasts also rely on bagels and buns - all prone to add to obesity. Parents who don't take the time to provide breakfast to a kid are worthless.
Charlene Culpepper June 9, 2014 at 04:37 pm
I am 65 yrs old and remember eating in the school cafeteria for many years. The food was so so butRead More it was also a break from the old standby of PB&J or bologna sandwiches that was standard lunch fare in our household. My folks mixed it up but we also paid per day for every lunch we ate at school.. There is no right or wrong way to do this.. Make lunches at school cheaper or better tasting... My grand kids simply don't eat if the cafeteria serves crappy tasting food or if they don't like what I make for them at home.. Ergo, they don't eat anything from 7:30 in the morning when they have breakfast until at least 3:30 in the afternoon when they come home starving... I'm pretty sure most kids are like that since mom and dad are not there to insure that they eat.. Kids will be kids...
Sumedh S. Garimella, Georgia Association of Educators, an eighth-grader at Richard Hull Middle School in Duluth. Credit: Scripps National Spelling Be
Al R. May 31, 2014 at 03:49 am
This comment is very unfair to white and black kids. There are many, many hard-working white andRead More black kids out there. Besides, kids who win spelling bees aren't necessarily the same ones who run companies and governments--that's far more about people skills. Actually, I feel sorry for a lot of these kids who make it to the National Spelling Bee. Are they participating just because they find it fun, or because their parents are forcing them to spend hours and hours for years memorizing words they'll never use in real life (and depriving them of a normal childhood in the process)?? The kids themselves are wonderful, and I wish them all the best, but I have to question the "drill sergeant" parenting that usually seems to be behind all these contests. I had a good friend in college who was born in India. Both she and her sister became valedictorians at their U.S. high school, but their parents were pushing them hard every step of the way. Her mother (who was abusive) controlled her like a 6-year-old, even when she was in college. She had to call her mother every night around 9 p.m., she couldn't date, etc. Because of all the parental pressure, though, she did very poorly on the MCAT, and never was able to become a doctor like she had dreamed. Even sadder, my friend became a very bitter person and basically ended up just like her mother. Anyway, my point is that behind many of these high-achieving youngsters are pushy, abusive parents, and I'm very concerned about the emotional well-being of these fine kids.
Lone Stranger June 2, 2014 at 01:47 pm
Hey Al. Let me set you straight. White and black kids should be head and shoulders above these kidsRead More but they are all too lazy, spoiled, or just plain stupid to get to work. This is by and large a direct reflection on their parents who are all a bunch of candy a$$es who never worked a day in their lives and are all worthless and weak. Sorry pal but its time for straight talk and any white kid or black kid whining is just a big waste.
Lone Stranger June 2, 2014 at 01:48 pm
Gee Al. I suppose you want to powder these little peoples behinds? Please get out of your mothersRead More basement and start paying your own bills. Parenting in this country is a joke.
Charles Sirui Li, The Augusta Chronicle, a fifth-grader at Stevens Creek Elementary School in Martinez. Credit: Scripps National Spelling Bee
Donna May 28, 2014 at 11:25 am
Good luck, guys!
David Brown May 28, 2014 at 11:34 am
It does appear that Asian-American and Indian-American students invariably do well in academicRead More contests. It is cultural. They expect their children to excel. The same cannot apparently be said of some other cultures. Just my opinion.
Lone Stranger May 28, 2014 at 03:27 pm
Well it seems that lazy white loafer kids whose idiot parents have spoiled them and black hipRead More hoppers have all failed to make the grade. Take a good look at these kids. They will be your bosses in about 10 years.
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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
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Bob Eskew May 15, 2014 at 02:31 pm
So where is the outrage when Drake released the song? Why was no one upset then? He and his recordRead More label are making millions using the N word and a couple of teenagers aren't going to get to walk? This is PC gone wild. Get over it, it's a song.
Rebecca Kennedy May 15, 2014 at 04:45 pm
I think it was all done in good fun. The students didn't mean it hateful or in anyway to bullyRead More anyone. I think if people are worried about the word they need to address all the foul language that is considered okay in today's culture. I don't believe that the students should be punished. It was a prank and that didn't destroy anything. I certainly don't think they should not be able to participate in the ceremony. They did their four years. That is an accomplishment in itself when you think and the system in itself.
Marie N. May 17, 2014 at 07:44 am
Let the kids walk! They earned the right to walk their graduation by earning academic credit. TheyRead More have committed NO crime! They are quoting a song and if it is ok for the company and "singer" who released that song to sing it, it should be fine for the kids to quote it. Is it just a double standard being applied here? I suggest those kids parents seek legal advice and sue the school if the kids are not allowed to walk! These kids are being bullied by whatever administrator made this decision. You want to punish them for poor choice or climbing the school roof you can take away a "social" activity. Graduation is NOT a social activity, it is earned by their studies.
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Bridgett April 23, 2014 at 08:56 am
How are cuffs "criminal"? Dont you think the context of the situation is paramount overRead More the tool?? They weren't used to punish but to protect. To protect the outburster as well as others. Just as a harness and leash on a toddler isn't treating the child "like a dog", but allowing for the child's safety as the first priority.
OnceWasAnnie April 23, 2014 at 11:46 am
Handcuffs for a child who kicked someone. Hmm. Maybe leg restraints would have been better.
Rebecca Kennedy April 24, 2014 at 06:30 am
Handcuffs should not have been used. Why was the school resource officer dealing with the child inRead More the first place? That is why school employees are supposed to have special education training to obtain the skills needed to handle children with disabilities in a controlled manner. I have seen an over use of school resource officers before. The school employees are getting lazy and are not handling the issues that they should handle on their own. If the child had a disorder then there should have been someone there trained on how to defuse the situation without it coming to violence. That is the problem with the system as it is. Answer violence with violence not rational thinking with helping some one who needs understanding.
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Josephine Gamma April 14, 2014 at 07:14 am
Such a small price for such a big gain. Many schools in Cumming are at full capacity and addingRead More classrooms is a lot better than new schools.
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RFZZZZZ April 10, 2014 at 07:39 am
Some days no matter what one tries, things don't always go the way one had planned. Just ask theRead More Archbishop.
Allah Tabul April 10, 2014 at 07:41 am
'flame retardant'? Some stupid liberal will probably try to change that to 'flame handicapped'.
wmsmom April 13, 2014 at 09:15 pm
No, the name doesn't need to change when it's used in the proper context. Your thoughts areRead More handicapped though, if that helps?
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