Thank you, Frank Cerabino, for pointing out the inconsistencies of the tea party take on Common Core standards (“Fervent fringe sets sights on education reform.”)
It is ironic that many of the abuses they are waking up to started under No Child Left Behind, a George W. Bush initiative encouraged by Jeb Bush. Everything they are complaining about is actually happening. We now have the technology to track students through their I.D. tags. In Palm Beach County, every teacher is supposed to log on to the Internet every period and send their attendance electronically. Parents are notified by automatic computerized message if their children have been absent or tardy any time during the school day. This has nothing to do with President Barack Obama or Common Core.
The story about students wearing electronic bracelets to measure their level of attentiveness (dare I say arousal?) in class was true. But this started long before Common Core and was funded by, wait for it, the Gates Foundation. While I welcome anyone who wants to wake up parents and other stakeholders to concerns about Common Core, I wish they would do it for the right reasons.
There is nothing wrong with a set of national guidelines that states need to meet or exceed. But these standards should not be set by a small group of elite without input from the grassroots, which should include classroom teachers, parents and students. Many of these standards go against what we know about how students learn and what is really important to function as a well-rounded citizen of a democratic society. They should also not be the basis for a one-size-fits-all national test that will determine who goes on to the next grade, who graduates, and how teachers are paid.
Editor’s note: Catherine Martinez teaches at Pahokee Middle School.
good for students
I’m a high school teacher who’s happy that Florida’s adopting the Common Core. Its standards align well with the College Board-recommended curriculum I’ve used in my classroom for many years, and those standards are clearer, more focused, and more rigorous than any Florida has come up with on its own.
One parent at last week’s sideshow (“New education model elicits anger, suspicion”) asked for examples of Common Core effectiveness. Check out the Sept. 30 issue of Time magazine and its article “What Every Child Can Learn from Kentucky” for a story of documented and demonstrated Common Core success.
There’ll always be a contingent that rants against whatever our federal government promotes. They view the Common Core as “D.C. overreach” and ignore the fact that almost every state has voluntarily chosen to implement it for the benefit of its students. Parents, don’t academically handicap your children. The 21st century needs them.
Royal Palm Beach
Scott wants health
law, Obama to fail
Gov. Rick Scott and our Legislature have tried to thwart access to Obamacare by refusing to expand Medicaid and obstructing the law’s facilitators. This has been done under the guise of the federal government being “too big” and a concern about our “privacy.”
So I find it ironic that these same individuals are appealing to the federal government to not only renew the Low Income Pool program, which benefits hospitals that serve low-income and uninsured patients, but to expand its funding threefold. It appears they’re willing to take federal money to defer hospital costs for the same citizens whom Obamacare would insure.
How hypocritical. Their concern isn’t about our privacy or the expansion of the federal government’s role. They want Obamacare to fail, and, in turn, President Barack Obama, who was elected twice by the same people they represent.
Palm Beach Gardens
Thomas trying to
revive moot issue
Did I really see Cal Thomas (“True battlefield not in D.C.”) suggest that a scare campaign be developed to liken The Affordable Care Act to the British national health care system?
Didn’t we have this comparison when the right was fighting the bill in Congress? Didn’t this comparison become moot when Congress did not establish a government-run socialized medical system offered in government clinics by government-employed medical professionals? The right succeeded in keeping the Affordable Care Act in the private sector under the management of private health insurers.
Like so many on the right, Mr Thomas is stretching the truth in the hope that people will accept going backward over well-trodden (and perhaps dead) issues because he makes it sound like a new agenda. Not having a a national health care system in this country was a conservative victory and is no longer on the board, unless one is serving in the military, is a Veteran or a member of government with access to such government medical services.
Crossing street risky
near Jupiter project
I frequent the movie theater in the Shores of Jupiter plaza across from the Harbourside Place construction project. When it was first touted to be a job-creator, I wondered where the projected 2,000 or so workers would park.
It became apparent as I noticed more cars and trucks than usual in the movie parking lot. Luckily, it appears the number of workers never reached the numbers projected. This requires the workers to cross U.S. 1. Unfortunately, the recent improvements to U.S. 1 did not include safe provisions for crossing there.
Workers are not deterred; they simply cross at their own risk. Risks that increase greatly when rain reduces visibility or when they cross against the signal. This could get worse when the project is completed and hundreds of people find parking there to be difficult and park across the street. Hopefully, before that happens Jupiter officials will take required action.
kin can sue agencies
A recent letter-writer suggested that family members of a shooting victim sue the agencies responsible for the weapon being put in the hands of the shooter. This tactic has been used, and it worked.
On May 26, 2000, 13-year-old Nathaniel Brazil stole from a family friend’s home table a legally owned pistol. Brazil took the pistol to Lake Worth Middle School and with one shot killed teacher Barry Grunow. Mr. Grunow’s widow sued the pawn shop that sold the pistol, the family friend and the Palm Beach County School Board. All the suits were settled out of court. The damage awards in total were nearly $1 million.
Palm Beach Gardens
Editor’s note: Pam Grunow also sued the maker of the gun. A jury ruled that the company had to pay $1.2 million, but the award was overturned by the trial judge and an appeals court.
credit for quote
In “Karen Rembert, Distinction: Tennis director at Eau Palm Resort and Spa” The Post labeled the source of Ms. Rembert’s favorite quote source as “anonymous.” However, the quote: “If you want things done right, do it yourself” is well-known, albeit with varying wordage, as from Longfellow’s “Evangeline” and “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” Longfellow’s best known version is likely: “If you would be well-served, you must serve yourself.”
Most prominently, I recall that Myles’ (or Miles) trusted friend, John Alden, messed up the whole job when Myles sent Alden, in proxy, to propose Myles’ marriage with Priscilla Mullins. In response, Priscilla asked, “Why don’t you speak for yourself, John?” John “spoke” and Priscilla said, “Yes!” When Alden reported the result to Standish, Myles blurted once again with his now and forever famed adage.
We might say Plymouth Colony’s military leader began the entire “Do It Yourself Movement.” Tim Allen, Bill Nye, Lowe’s and Home Depot owe much to Capt. Myles Standish.