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vincenzo stugotz

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#21
Nov 13, 2013
 
It's funny watching liberals fight with other liberals over education policy. The real issue here is that one group of liberals don't want to be held accountable. It's even funnier when liberals want to exercise constitutionally protected freedoms such as free speech by way of protest. Ironically, these are the very same freedoms they seek to control and place limits upon. It's bad enough watching the republicans come apart but the dems are really in bAd shape!
Hows yer pork

Clinton, NY

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#22
Nov 13, 2013
 
Get rid of the teachers union and kids will be better off. The teachers won't but I'm sure they will sacrifice for our children.
My Opinion

Whitesboro, NY

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#23
Nov 13, 2013
 
Attended wrote:
No they shouldn't risk their jobs but every good parent has a back up for watching their kids if something happens and they can't stay home with them. We all know what he did when parents tried to express their concerns. He cancelled all future forums. It just shows that he realizes that parents won't allow their children to be led to slaughter and we want something done. One day isn't asking much. Maybe our point will get across.
Yes, every good parent does have a backup, but we prefer to reserve ours for true unavoidable emergencies, such as when the kids are too sick to attend school or daycare. If we abuse the goodwill of our employers and emergency childcare, they may not be there for us when missing work is unavoidable..just would like to hear some other suggestions for getting the point across.
vincenzo stugotz

Athens, NY

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Nov 13, 2013
 
Hows yer pork wrote:
Get rid of the teachers union and kids will be better off. The teachers won't but I'm sure they will sacrifice for our children.
Teachers are the first to attack the idea of any business model where profit is the motive. I suppose they wouldn't have a problem giving their pay checks back to the taxpayers and working for free since they truly care about their students.
Truth

Utica, NY

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Nov 14, 2013
 

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The reason that programs like Common Core are necessary is because the United States is and has been falling behind when compared to the rest of the world when it comes to education. If you ask teachers they'll tell you that one of the main reasons is that there is a lack of parental involvement. Now ironically, the parents are asserting themselves by keeping children home in protest and making the problem worse because the children could be in school learning.
Jack

Saylorsburg, PA

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#26
Nov 14, 2013
 
Connected guy wrote:
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Right, and raising your kids in Clifton Park is going to solve all your problems. Who is kidding who? Do you honestly think you have solved all your problems by moving an hour and a half away? Apparently you have taken your ignorance with you. At least we donít waste all our time obsessed with a city we donít live in. It must really suck trying to justify your existence by comparing yourself to other people. I guess if you feel so inferior in your new town you can find some satisfaction by convincing yourself that you are better than those you left behind. You might want to try improving your own set of circumstances and not dwell on the fate of others. Remember self-esteem is improved by your own actions not by pulling down others to your level.
People can change the location. That may not be where he lives....
Jack

Saylorsburg, PA

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Nov 14, 2013
 

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vincenzo stugotz wrote:
It's funny watching liberals fight with other liberals over education policy. The real issue here is that one group of liberals don't want to be held accountable. It's even funnier when liberals want to exercise constitutionally protected freedoms such as free speech by way of protest. Ironically, these are the very same freedoms they seek to control and place limits upon. It's bad enough watching the republicans come apart but the dems are really in bAd shape!
The only people I see protesting are republicans. At least in Utica, ya know the highly educated Uticans. All the screwing up Obama did and the republicans still have a lower approval rating. Amazing.
In The Know

Utica, NY

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#28
Nov 14, 2013
 
The reason "land of the Lost" dumps on Utica all the time is that he used to live here and got in serious legal trouble involving inappropriate activity with a child. I knew him; we were worked together. He will never admit it in a million years, but he got arrested, wound up in the paper, and so mortified himself and his family that he had to leave town. The only way he can deal with it is to take shots out here. Ignore him.
Star

Whitesboro, NY

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#29
Nov 14, 2013
 
Here are a few things to think about. Depending on which school your kids attend, they already have about 2 or 3 half days this week and next due to parent teacher conferences, and, I believe, an "emergency half day".

Taking into consideration the partial week they will have this month for Thanksgiving, and they will already be missing enough school in November. How is this helpful?
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Utica, NY

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Nov 14, 2013
 

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What I am suggesting is that we keep our kids home on the day of the tests. This way they will not be missing any instructional time. The tests do not benefit the kids. These tests are being used as a basis of evaluating teachers and schools. My children do not need to spend an entire day taking a test that is meaningless to them. If the state wants to test teachers, let the teachers take the tests.
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Moravia, NY

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#31
Nov 14, 2013
 
Dee wrote:
Teach your children how to stand up to what they feel is right let them know we still have this right to be heard. Don't teach your children to be a yes person and have morons shove.crap down their throats
first grader I think it is more like pimping them for the union.
Trooper

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Nov 14, 2013
 

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Respected Retired Teacher wrote:
BREAKING NEWS! On Monday ó the first day of American Education Week ó parents and students nationwide will participate in the Common Core Protest Day, known as ďDonít Send Your Child to School Day.Ē
WTF is this? VERY mature decision on the parents' parts. Terrific role models, are they not? Apparently these parents think they know what is right, are enlisting other easily influenced parents, and are using their kids to make their case. Apparently they want to decide what their kids learn. This twisted parental behavior is a prime example why a core curriculum and standards ARE needed.
Hahahaa! Too funny man!
wonder

Moravia, NY

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#33
Nov 14, 2013
 
Jamie McNair pimping his kids for the union. Because unions have done such a great job improving our schools. The only thing that they have done is protect teachers who are incompetent
Trooper

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#34
Nov 14, 2013
 
My Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>You're not the first person who referred to the commissioner as having been rude and dismissive toward the parents attending. I understand why a lot of parents are riled up about this, but I don't see what keeping the kids home is going to accomplish. There are very few families that still have one parent who stays home, are parents supposed to risk their jobs missing work for this?
Maybe they'll get more of an education that day?
Educated Parent

Utica, NY

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#35
Nov 14, 2013
 
Crazy wrote:
<quoted text>first grader I think it is more like pimping them for the union.
Please explain to me what your child gains from taking these tests. Explain to me how a first or second grade student benefits from multiple hours of standardized testing. Will he/she be smarter after the tests? More competent? More prepared for college? Do you really think these tests are given for the benefit of the kids? After reading about this for the last year and a half I can't see how this is being done for the kids. I absolutely support the new common core curriculum but I fail to see how testing kids on something they haven't had the time to master is serving their best interests. Help me out here.
Wonder

Moravia, NY

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Nov 14, 2013
 
Educated Parent wrote:
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Please explain to me what your child gains from taking these tests. Explain to me how a first or second grade student benefits from multiple hours of standardized testing. Will he/she be smarter after the tests? More competent? More prepared for college? Do you really think these tests are given for the benefit of the kids? After reading about this for the last year and a half I can't see how this is being done for the kids. I absolutely support the new common core curriculum but I fail to see how testing kids on something they haven't had the time to master is serving their best interests. Help me out here.
Tell me how a system that pays on the number of years worked instead of quality of teachers helps our kids. Explain why it is almost imposible to fire poor preforming teachers is a bad idea. I think your point on expecting kids to know things that have not been taught is fair. So instead of all these teachers protesting by keeping their kid home how about coming up with ideas to improve the common core instead of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
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Moravia, NY

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#37
Nov 14, 2013
 
Jamie McNair, a teacher, and his wife Jes≠sica, Parent Teacher Association member and member of the group Opt Out CNY, plan to keep their first-grader home from Robert L. Bradley Elementary School, in New Hartford. He is the past president of the Union. How come he has not put that down on his resume in the paper. Using his first grader to prove a point just shows you show bad the school unions have become.
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And people wonder what is wrong with society?? The parents are so busy trying to control things, when they should butt out. Stop trying to keep your kids in plastic bubbles. You act like any change to anything in their lives will traumatize them. You are raising them to be helpless feebs, who will mooch off their parents forever as they are incapable of surviving on their own.
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Moravia, NY

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#39
Nov 14, 2013
 
I see a lot of first graders walking the picket line and out knocking on doors to campaign for things. Great parents
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Pimp your kid Monday

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