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Clockwise from top left: Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, Chalrlie Day, Laverne Cox, Capt. Richard Phillips and Michael Bloomberg.
Robert Norwood April 12, 2014 at 08:14 am
You can bet Ayaan Hirsi Ali won't be speaking at any of these higher institutions of liberal leftRead More hypocrisy. Too bad Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez aren't available.
Bob April 12, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Robert - amazing isn't it? She is speaking out against women being mutilated and for getting themRead More educated and the left hates her! Flipping up side down country we now live in! PC gone haywire. Let's not offend the practitioners of the cult that kills thousands of their own people over religion and shoot a little girl in the face because she wants an education!
malcolm nichols April 14, 2014 at 07:49 am
Amherst College?
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Kathleen April 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Can't understand people on here advocating for their children to be 'friends' with their teachers onRead More FB...They are NOT friends, they are teachers, mentors and there are many other ways that they can mentor a child if they want to help them. How about the good ol' face to face discussion? Probably would do more to help a child that is in need of a little guidance better than FB. Also, many teachers today set up classroom blogs for day-to-day communication with their students, which is a great use of technology. Also, most of these kids shouldn't even be on FB since the rules of FB actually require that you be 18 to sign up. (though this is usually not enforced by FB or parents, me included). Once a student reaches 18 or 21 years of age and they are no longer students of their teacher(s), then fine if they want to be friends with their teacher(s). Just doesn't make sense to me that parents don't understand that their should be boundary lines while they are.
nedlam1968 April 9, 2014 at 06:48 pm
Unfortunately, we've become a society where too many do not understand boundaries. I don't thinkRead More it's appropriate for school staff to "friend" student's - there are "rules" that outline appropriate and inappropriate behaviors with students ... unfortunately, everyone thinks that what matters is being "buddies" with the kids ... too many professionals have forgotten how to be professional ...
Mrs. B April 10, 2014 at 12:09 am
Teachers friending students on Facebook is unprofessional. I would think a teacher would beRead More intelligent enough to know this without being told by authorities.
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BH April 3, 2014 at 05:35 pm
Bravo again Mansfield, I'm so proud of the management and fiscal planning.
Anne Masterson Burke April 4, 2014 at 11:55 am
a $55,000.00 increase is unacceptable! Put it back out to bid.
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Martha Magee March 23, 2014 at 08:32 am
You New Englanders really need to learn how to chill. Except for Prometheus. Prometheus is alreadyRead More cool. I say ban all shoes altogether. Require humans to walk barefoot on the Earth in the sunshine for a minimum of 1 hr a day and reconnect to Mother Nature. The problem is not flipflops. In fact, flipflops are a step in the right direction. The real problem is materialism ~ the disconnect with Nature.
Merry Christmas March 23, 2014 at 04:42 pm
I wear flip flops. Their especially good when you go to court because the judge likes people whoRead More dress well
Dark star March 26, 2014 at 08:49 pm
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Tina Mqs March 15, 2014 at 08:17 pm
So...what were the girls showing off, on her end, that the boy wanted to take pics of? D'oh.Read More Girls...don't be such idiots, seriously. Half the fault is theirs.
Tina Mqs March 17, 2014 at 07:25 pm
Haha. Listen, these kids know what happens when girls send boys their pics, even if it's live skypeRead More capture or whatever, and risk it anyways.
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Steven Sadowski April 15, 2014 at 09:47 am
Joe: Actually, you are sort of correct. Public Education was founded by English settlers and itRead More did mostly focus on the Bible. So far so good. BUT, there were two schools of thought (pardon the pun) on public education: the English view that education had a responsibility to conform the individual to the collective (as you described) and the Dutch version which educated based upon individual needs. To this day, the Dutch have a workable and very successful voucher system where parents choose where to send their kids and competition creates efficiency and excellence. I believe they are #1 in the world? Outside of New York, the Dutch had very little influence in the New World and so we got stuck with the English view on public education which is that the individual must conform to the ideals of the collective. In the old days that was religion, but now, that is the state. I completely agree with your criticisms of NCLB. I don't know, maybe you're so indoctrinated in the two party system that any criticism of Obama automatically means the other person must be a republican, so whip out the Bush card? It would be nice to have a discussion that did not involve the same old tired finger pointing based upon political parties and just solve the problem, which is that testing as a means of determining quality of schools would not need to exist if school choice and competition allowed parents to support whichever school they felt gave their child the best educational outcomes. In lieu of such choices, we are stuck with these idiotic barometers that teachers hate and parents loathe.
Joe Beckmann April 15, 2014 at 11:30 am
While it's refreshing that you know about the colonial foundation, and your observations about theRead More Dutch system are interesting (actually it's the Finnish system with the highest scores, until, at least, the Chinese really get into it). But my view of public education is Horace Mann's (neither British nor Dutch, nor colonial). The justification for public funds for education is to create a public - a community with some common skills (largely interpersonal and career, less academic and data driven). That means that public schools are a public investment to assure all generations that the youngest can join a culture of success. This "magic" of school choice merely re-frames the segregation of pre-civil rights with a penumbra of "individual rights," a false kind of consumerism. In fact, there has always been "school choice," and private and parochial schools have always offered an option to those who either paid or took vows. For that matter, I personally think Secretary Duncan is one of the worst possible representatives of "educational change," and that testing, while a worthwhile means of documenting curricular impact, is an abysmal means to "evaluate students." Any 7 year old now knows that any standardized question is online via google, and dismisses the utility of putting such junk in their head. They're not all right, but...they're not all wrong either.
Steven Sadowski April 15, 2014 at 04:01 pm
Joe: It is a half truth that educational choice exists in this country. Property taxes are taken,Read More whether you send your kids to private school, or homeschool. You have zero choice to pay property taxes. If you don't, your home goes to land court and you lose your home. It is coercion. A regular family is stuck sending their kids to the town's public school because they can't afford to eat the taxes AND pay tuition. Instead, only the top earners can afford to pay the town "vig." and send their kids to a private school on top of that. The private schools then have to charge a higher tuition since they have to make budget through higher prices as opposed to higher numbers/volume. This in turn creates a viscous cycle of only the rich being able to attend private schools and further cements a caste system of elitism based on income. Furthermore, where one lives can determine where one ends up in life. A student, for example, on the Lawrence/Andover line could have an entirely different existence depending upon their zip code. I am luck we live in Westford, but I could have easily lived in Chelmsford. Same area, different schools. There should be a voucher system so that parents could send their kids wherever best fit their needs. I think your way f public education creates segregation, not the other way around, because the rich tony towns have their great schools and the poor towns are stuck, unless they can have a Charter school, but those are sometimes given by lottery. I agree that testing is not a good metric for evaluating students en masse. In the classroom to insure you know the material, yes, but as a blanket test to determine compliance or aptitude, no.
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John Teets April 22, 2014 at 01:14 pm
DynoMutt said - "By the way Mr. Hunt, MLK Jr. espoused hard work andRead More responsibility/accountability and stable families for blacks in the US." Unfortunately, Mr. King (he plagiarized his doctoral thesis) was a serial adulterer just like many young men now - so stable families? Hardly. I agree he said some good things, but a man is better evaluated based upon what he DOES, not based upon what he SAYS. His life spoke so loudly it reallt is hard to take anything he said as authentic. I mean, he even stole the "Dream" speech.
commonsense April 22, 2014 at 05:15 pm
Janine, My cable show is out of Beverly, MA. It is called "What's Happening". We are notRead More yet on Youtube, but coming soon.
commonsense April 22, 2014 at 05:17 pm
We are going to be doing more shows on Common Core soon. For information on CC, look on the PioneerRead More Institute website. It is very informative and will give you reasons to fight against CC and PARCC testing.
Tina Mqs February 27, 2014 at 02:11 pm
now *THATS* what we need to see here! thanks!
Brenda February 27, 2014 at 04:42 pm
Natick parents cared about the 2 school meetings this week, which Patch ignored and did not cover.Read More We do NOT care that Wilmington is getting a new high school! How about some school news that is actually happening in Natick?
Heizenburg February 27, 2014 at 05:54 pm
What's in Nebraska? You are!✈️
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Linda Kollett February 27, 2014 at 09:00 am
Why did you use BC when Williams is number 1 and of course in Massachusetts?
Laura February 27, 2014 at 09:41 am
Maura, you're right - it is now a picture of Gasson Hall. But the picture that was originally postedRead More with the article was St Ignatius Church. The editor, Liz Taurazi, changed it to an on-campus picture in response to my post. And Linda, I'm a big fan of BC (my husband worked there for many years and my son graduated from there), I'm also confused why they didn't choose a picture of Williams or one of the other top-four schools.....??
Maura Kenney February 27, 2014 at 09:46 am
Laura, good point!
Sunny February 26, 2014 at 05:43 pm
I don't want anymore 40B housing in Chelmsford on Littleton Rd. There are too apartment dwellingsRead More (one burnt down to ground even though the fire station was less than a mile away), condos, and trailer park (sorry that taxes as permanent housing). Now, Chelmsford Crossing (40B) is in the future. Who's going to live there? Not Chelmsford senior citizens on the waiting list or layoff Chelmsford citizens but outsiders? Problem families with troubled kids. Chelmsford should get assigned social worker. Note: Westford / Chelmsford town line is another 40B, Princeton Apartments.
Steven Sadowski February 27, 2014 at 08:09 am
Bob: I think this is a fair article that takes in both of our POV's:Read More http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/business/21admin.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
John f caruso February 27, 2014 at 11:33 am
Does this mean that if any kid feels like he is bullied he can get suspended and we pay them to goRead More to school even at home. Does this that the total of kids say 100 in a district the school get the monies for their education but if the kids drop out of this also who gets the monies. Sounds like unfounded and back door tax payers tax on the monies. Sounds like say a school in boston that is mismanaged by management could reap profits when and if the students rebel and don't go to school. This sounds great but seems just another way to tax the taxpayer after all the poor people do not have the monies to tax so it is another middle class sham.
Could virtual learning be the future of snow days for school children? Patch File Photo
Tina Mqs January 31, 2014 at 08:52 am
Soft-opening for the day when real-life teachers are no longer needed in most cases. Whoever didn'tRead More see this coming is in la-la land. You can thank Gates Philanthropy for setting this up.
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Tina Mqs January 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm
I don't think it affects them much. It affects working parents more, likely. If there's any questionRead More as to safety, I'd just assume keep the kids home. There's a heck of a lot of bigger things that cause disruptions in a regular school day AT school.
Aerial view of Mansfield schools. Patch file photo.
Tina Mqs January 1, 2014 at 05:44 pm
darn, i missed it......
BH January 1, 2014 at 06:09 pm
Wish TalkMansfield would stick to his own little site..
HJ January 1, 2014 at 06:13 pm
Yes, I wish TalkMansfield would be flagged as inappropriate.
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HJ December 8, 2013 at 09:10 am
6. Hide the ipad and ban internet use until they improve (it's called being a parent)
Tina Mqs December 8, 2013 at 03:17 pm
7. Drink plenty of kool-aid and smile, dammitt, as a federal mandate which was never actually votedRead More on is shoved at us, and don't forget all the "oooh-ing" and "aaah-ing" for the Gates and the crapload of shiny new software and computers the schools will all need now, complete with built-in planned obsolescence. Oh yeh- and they'll thank you with a wink, too, for all the private info on your kids (and more) that will be shared with any entity that will pay.
Tina Mqs December 8, 2013 at 03:36 pm
Here's one recent story, where a school was using Common Core data as a bargaining chip and sold theRead More data...to spruce up the school because Arne Duncan was visiting. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2013/dec/03/stringers-sweetwater-district-spent-arne-duncan/ . The PISA results reminded me of a quote from an article I read about the CC system a short while back. ""Failure is the theme, the torch, the stick, and the misnomer given to the public schools. Feed on failure, focus on failure, hold failure foremost, and what you get is failure." (from here: http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2 ... mmon-core/ ) ............... Failure is a money-making opportunity.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
BH November 14, 2013 at 07:28 pm
Sorry HJ, this is an indictment on age..Read More http://www.timesargus.com/article/20090104/FEATURES07/901040346/1016/FEATURES07
HJ November 14, 2013 at 08:10 pm
Aw come on now. It's not hard to read those letters.
BH November 14, 2013 at 08:20 pm
I can barely read cursive, nevermind write in cursive. Get with the times, ditch the quill pen andRead More papyrus.
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HJ November 11, 2013 at 08:11 am
Sarah I'm a busy person, can you summarize your rant in three sentences?
Tina Mqs November 11, 2013 at 09:28 am
Amen, Sarah. I didn't even have the energy to reply to the original article, as I'm so tired ofRead More mentioning the problems to people who have absolutely no clue as to what CC is. Nobody cares, as long as their kids and schools get sparkly marks. HoJo, we all know you love a good troll session, but if you don't know about CC and you have kids, then you're part of the problem. It takes a bit of the investment of time to read what you can about something. This is nothing new. People are just noticing now because the gig is up with waiting periods and rollout times and parents are getting a look at their kids' homework and class work and textbooks and wondering when did their schools become a sellout for the pimps holding the carrots. If you honestly don't know about it and do actually care, then you can go visit http://www.talkmansfield.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=6335 , or http://www.talkmansfield.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=6208 , or visit any of the cited resources linked within those threads. But i hate to tell you, you'll have to read it for yourself. Kinda like 'take responsibility for educating yourself'. Not doing so is the reason education is in the shape it is today, and the reason why we have politicians in elected office- too many people rely on what the news presenters show them and what their best friend says is good for them, especially if they're eating carrot cake at their meet-ups.
BH November 11, 2013 at 02:10 pm
Sarah did you just copy and paste this to ever town patch newspaper Massachusetts?
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Sunsetover02048 September 24, 2013 at 10:09 am
Great job in the 10th grade...how scary is 8th grade science? Please let this be a wake up call thatRead More the science curriculum is horrible at the middle school. Science curriculum is not meeting the needs of our students, who have otherwise performed quite well!
Aeriel view of Mansfield schools. Patch file photo.
That guy October 24, 2013 at 07:49 am
What are the benefits of eliminating February vacation? It seems to me the alternative plan is toRead More extend the current 11 week summer break to 12 weeks. Why is that a better choice? Jan 2 should be a day off because it makes sense - a concept that is all too often lost in these discussions.
Dick Armour October 24, 2013 at 09:17 am
How wonderful! What a breath of fresh air: Citizens with different perspectives sharing theirRead More thoughts through a social media that speaks to the community, and allows us to speak to each other! Even when we agree to disagree, we hear each other's views and hopefully temper our own in deference to "the common god". Well done, Patch!
HJ October 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Yes, this site is the best. I also like the Twitter account @talkmansfieldma. Those are my twoRead More sources of information regarding Mansfield. Everything else is subpar.