Holiday Loss Due To Calamity Days | O...

Holiday Loss Due To Calamity Days | Ohio News Network (ONN)

There are 29 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from Jan 17, 2011, titled Holiday Loss Due To Calamity Days | Ohio News Network (ONN). In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

Most students around the state had the day off of school in observance of Martin Luther King Day, but a few schools held class to make up for a snow day.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at 10TV WBNS.

First Prev
of 2
Next Last
Worthy of the day

Cleveland, OH

#22 Jan 19, 2011
As a middle class white child, I learned a lot about Martin Luther King growing up. We learned how he was peaceful about his protests and that he was a good man. I watched a story about him on The History Channel the other day and I cried and cried. This man is worthy of a day of recognition. He not only fought for the rights of black people, he fought for the rights of ALL people. In the old films of him you can just see the goodness radiating from him. It doesn't matter what his color - he died serving this country and deserves to be recognized. I am the daughter, sister, niece, grandaughter of men who have served this country in times of war - all of those men respect and admire Martin Luther King as well. Having a day to celebrate the life of one inspirational man does not detract from the days set aside to celebrate anyone else.

I also believe that schools can make up the days when they see fit. Whether it is this holiday, Presidents Day or Spring Break. There are still great schools systems in existence that graduate students that excel in all areas. What each student becomes in their future is up to them. The problem is schools here spend too much time "playing fair" instead of teaching. It has nothing to do with how many days kids go to school and everything to do with how they are taught and what they are taught. They need to work hard and study. Not a whole lot has changed since I was in school yet I have a brother who is the President of a company, a brother who is a Captain for a major airline, a sister who is a marketing director and I am a veterinarian. We all had the same days off and the same opportunities as everyone else we went to school with. It all depends on what you do with yourself and how driven you are to succeed.
Tired of It

Philo, OH

#24 Jan 19, 2011
sjm wrote:
Although, I do agree that Dr. King would be completely appalled to see how young black people today disregard the educational opportunities he fought so hard to ensure they would have.
Disregard for the human race. Period.
Jodie

United States

#25 Jan 19, 2011
All school districts should be making up calamity days every chance they get now to reduce the amount of saturdays and summer days they have to do later. Use these days to teach about what the "holiday" is named for, in conjunction with other skills needed.
Seriously

Aurora, CO

#26 Jan 19, 2011
facts wrote:
<quoted text>
The state requires that teachers have ongoing professional development. It happens in every district. Students must attend 180 days of school by state law. Period.
Yes, well as an engineer I too am required to have ongoing professional development. The difference is that it is on my dime and my time, not at the cost of my employers or the taxpayers and not at the expense of performing my job. Why do the schools (and we the taxpayers)have to pay and arrange the school schedule so that teachers can keep their personal licensure current? Certainly they could do that from June through August.
mlj

United States

#27 Jan 19, 2011
there is nothing wrong with it. I think its good this way the kids can get out of school on time at the end of the school year. because we are in the middle of bad january goimg into february weather which could be worst for travel.
What

United States

#28 Jan 19, 2011
Tired of It wrote:
<quoted text>
Disregard for the human race. Period.
Any "person" that takes another human beings life has "disregard for the human race." Period.
Tired of It

United States

#29 Jan 19, 2011
What wrote:
<quoted text>
Any "person" that takes another human beings life has "disregard for the human race." Period.
No argument there.
frustrated

Vienna, WV

#30 Jan 19, 2011
Seriously wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, well as an engineer I too am required to have ongoing professional development. The difference is that it is on my dime and my time, not at the cost of my employers or the taxpayers and not at the expense of performing my job. Why do the schools (and we the taxpayers)have to pay and arrange the school schedule so that teachers can keep their personal licensure current? Certainly they could do that from June through August.
Professional development days are not about teachers renewing their licenses. All teachers are required to renew their licenses "on their own dime and on their own time." Professional development days are used for review of new educational policies, to learn new technology, and to improve instruction through data review and curriculum development.
Bryan

Cleveland, OH

#31 Jan 21, 2011
The Day of The Jackal wrote:
<quoted text>
And teachers only 150.
Maybe you know - what exactly is 'professional development?' What kind of expensive professional cruise-ins do you attend on a single day that takes a day of education away from our kids? Or is it more like a 'mental health' day negotiated for you by your union?
That day off every grading period doesn't seem to improve the numbers any.
Professional development... just as the definition would imply, it is training sessions and workshops that provide opportunities for teachers to become better educators. In other industries, such as real estate and insurace, it is commonly called continuing education. Almost any professional in this country attends conferences and seminars to improve their skills and develop themselves. Teaching is no different. They are, indeed, professionals.

Professional development is not negotiated by a union, it is required by the United States Government (NCLB, 2001). As to the expense, many times the sessions are taught from within if there is not a consultant brought in. Professional development does not take away from the number of days your child has in school. They are pre-planned and do not count for the 180 days the kids have to be in school (ORC States that 182 days are required with 2 days of professional development).

The true matter at heart here is that 3 calamity days is not nearly enough in many parts of this State. I remember a year that was so bad that the local school district was closed for two weeks (following the two-week winter break). Those days (5) were made up at the year. I do think that all schools should schedule their tentative make-up days so that parents who schedule vacations during, or immediately following, the school year cn plan accordingly. A local school district recently tried to make up a snow day on a Saturday... it was a complete bust. The few children who were sent to school by their parents, watched movies all day because there were so many kids out.

In closing, let's not be so quick to start attacking teachers. They are simply doing what the State and Federal governments require of them.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Belpre Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Wow May '16 Mr Smith 2
thinking of moving Apr '16 amccoy 1
News Black History Month Mar '16 Lol 38
Pam Newell -Felony Theft ???-work at Belpre Hos... Feb '16 Crazy 1
shane williams? (May '15) Jan '16 Real Deal 3
Ashley Arthur (Jan '15) Nov '15 Yep 5
Clair Sullivan (Dec '14) Nov '15 Dancing in the rain 3
More from around the web

Personal Finance

Belpre Mortgages