A flawed expanded day plan for Leominster - Sentinel & Enterprise
#1 Nov 14, 2008
It's unclear why the people who wrote these proposals rejected the idea of additional weeks of school. I doubt if there would be too much opposition to a plan like that, maybe even one that has shortened days in the summer.
#2 Nov 14, 2008
Parents at Southeast were absolutely not involved in this process in anyway. That is the root of all these problems.
#3 Nov 14, 2008
It's terrible to pin the root of all of the problems to one school. The point of the editorial, which is very well taken, is that this whole fiasco of trying to create two classes of elementary schools with different schedules, which was developed by the superintendent, was flawed from the start. Nadine has tried to make it like it was the idea of the principals of these schools to pursue this which can't be true but was merely a tactic meant to deflect blame from her when the project goes off track. Check out other newspapers where there are plenty of articles about how this has been her pet project in at least two school districts. It seems that she is using the principals of the schools to shield herself from negative attention at public sessions. Her lack of honesty and her manipulation of some parents and staff members during this process is shameful in my opinion. I hope these principals don't take the brunt of her disappointment when ultimately this project is given it's proper burial.
#4 Nov 14, 2008
I feel Nadine is right on target with her ideas. I also feel they should extend school days into the weekend for a half day on Saturday, this I feel would give the kids more time with the academic studies.
The parents should get a tax increase per child to offset the cost associated with the extended school hours.
#5 Nov 14, 2008
So you would give a tax break to parents if they allow the schools to keep their children for a longer period of time? I hope you're joking.
#6 Nov 14, 2008
No mam a tax increase per child would be more appropriate
#7 Nov 14, 2008
It's sir, and I agree but believe that the plan would fall completely flat if anyone realized they were paying for it.
If you are a supporter of the Binkley plan you must be at j.a. or fall brook. The rest of us are ticked off.
#8 Nov 14, 2008
I think everyone agrees that our agricultural/farming based school schedule is outdated. Children are not needed to harvest the crops for the family farm any longer. What is the benefit of haivng children sitting around June, July and August ? Most family vacations are less than 2 weeks long, resulting in many families sending their kids to summer camp or daycare.
A regular, calendar year for education is the logical answer, not longer school days. Most students are exhausted by 3:00pm.
#9 Nov 15, 2008
Exactly, now there's the plan that will sell to the masses and benefit the children. I'm sure if the schools had invited enough parents around the table that this plan would have come from the group.
#10 Nov 15, 2008
Longer school days.
More weeks of school.
Longer academic year.
Quantity, Quantity, Quantity.
WHEN will someone start adressing the *real* problems?
QUALITY and FUNDING.
Having the children attend MORE time at school without addressing the QUALITY of the education that they are receiving is foolish.
Let us see the root cause analysis that shows WHY our children are not suceeding in education and WHY our public schools are incapable of delivering a QUALITY education.
#11 Nov 15, 2008
Sir ,I support some of the issues of Mrs. Binkly's plan but not all.
Our current education system refuses to accept change and adjust to the growing global economy.
If we continue to accept the status quo and act as if nothing is wrong, the effects on our community economy and culture will be felt for decades. Failure to embrace dramatic education reforms threatens the nation's long-range future as a global power.
American students continue to lag behind students internationally, a trend that is threatening our nation's global standing.
#12 Nov 15, 2008
With respect, Mr. Stamos, do you really think it is well advised to balance the global economy on the back of my 7 year old child? I am far less concerned with the global economy than I am with his future as a human being.
#13 Nov 15, 2008
Please do not take my comments out of context,. "balancing the global economy on the back of your 7 year old ? how did this derive from my comments.
We need to both require more transparency on how many students graduate from high
school and attend college, and prepare our high school students to take college level classes. Today, only a fraction of our students come to college fully prepared in key subject areas. We need to refocus on preparing
our students to enter college ready to succeed.
Develop better student assessments that allow teachers and parents to identify and focus on individual
needs and talents throughout the school year. Technology can help get information about student.
performance to teachers and parents in real time, and support ongoing efforts to improve student
performance in an area of weakness and support student success in areas where the student shows
particular interest or aptitude.
Just a thought
#14 Nov 17, 2008
I did not realize that Stamos and Fienwad were one and the same. But, since you are, here is the answer you seek.
You write "Failure to embrace dramatic education reforms threatens the nation's long-range future as a global power."
Why should my little old child have to pay the price for the nation's future? I don't think this is fair. Kids need and deserve time for fun and outdoor play and they need not be burdened by the "nation's long range future as a global power."
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