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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?
Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Robert Norwood April 10, 2014 at 11:52 am
@Waltham Man You have it exactly right. When they sold out on the truth, conviction, courage,Read More decency, how could they ever see themselves in any other light than that of cowards? If they could not stand up to this how could they ever stand up, risk their lives, for someone, some people perhaps being herded away to camps, being made to disappear? All through history people have sold out, given in, turned the other way or remained silent. These folks at Brandeis have no moral or ethical standing. Spineless jellyfish and nothing more.
pete April 10, 2014 at 01:52 pm
If they were critical remarks about Christians or Jews there would be no problem. Such a doubleRead More standard. Look out they're taking over. Before we know it we'll be living under Sharia law. It's already happening in the U.K. If you don't believe me look it up!!
Ric Brehm April 12, 2014 at 03:11 pm
It's a sad situation in a country that touts free speech to uninvite (disinvite is not an EnglishRead More word, sorry) an honorary degree recipient. Brandeis should be ashamed of themselves. Brandeis officials should be "disinvited" from the posts they hold at Waltham's prestigious Jewish university and the school should have an election to put free thinking Americans in their places.
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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.
Geoffrey Canada.
Larry Fine April 3, 2014 at 08:14 pm
such a radical university.
JohnnyMass April 4, 2014 at 03:22 pm
The only time that this would be shocking is if Brandeis ever had a white christian male as aRead More speaker!
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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
*They're
Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence. Photo credit: Brandeis University
JohnnyMass March 20, 2014 at 08:00 am
And people wonder why the cost of higher education is out of control...
Stan Marsh March 14, 2014 at 07:49 pm
Kudo's to Chis Hazel to be honest in the true sense of the word and not cow tow to the "justRead More waiting to be offended" crowd. I mean should every adult parent be forced to hide and drink in the closet to protect their kids. Ridiculous!
myopinion March 14, 2014 at 08:06 pm
@Mr Hazel, I deleted the post.
Chris Hazel March 15, 2014 at 08:30 am
Thank you. I appreciate it. The kids worked hard. Let's not lose sight of that.
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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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commonsense March 16, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Fred, Do you think the changes will make it less biased? If not, what do you recommend as anRead More alternative?
deb of see-attleboro March 16, 2014 at 05:24 pm
According to his Patch profile, he is chairman of the Foxborough Democratic Town Committee. NoRead More mention of teaching. Reading his comments, I hope I am wrong about that.
Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:17 am
Obviously Dennis hasn't been reading the local newspapers. Is he even remotely familiar with what isRead More currently going on in neighboring Salem MA with the Bentley school? There's an example for you. The school is a Level 4 under performing school that is in it's second year of a three year turnaround program with not much success. (Next step would be for the state to come in and take over the school). It's to the point where the Mayor now wants to contract with a private company to have them take over the day-to-day management of the school. Despite lengthening the school day, revamping the school schedule, seeking outside help and securing a $500,000 federal grant, MCAS scores have actually gone down (during the 'turnaround') under the current administration. To make matters worse, the school has been without a principal since December due to the current principal being out on an extended family medical leave. Seems to me that this is a perfect example of our public schools failing our children. Does the fact that the school has one of the highest percentages of poor & limited English speaking students make it OK with him to just sit around and let the school fail these kids? You only get ONE chance with a child's education. These kids deserve better!
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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!✈️
Boston College. Photo Credit: Boston College
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.
Waltham High School.
BW January 6, 2014 at 01:56 pm
Based on this article, I can see why this request would be denied. In regard to accreditation, theRead More district isn't at risk of losing accreditation because one facility is in need of renovation. Although NEASC has standards in place for an environment that supports education success (however they phrase it) it's not going to scare anyone into funding a renovation. If it did, there would be many cities and towns that would've already lost accreditation. In regard to wireless, although this can be expensive, costs of commercial wireless equipment has dropped tremendously in the last few years. The district should be able to handle this costs. Add more outdoor antennaes to the corners of the building and in the courtyards, and you will increase access. Working in Higher Education, I've seen this done before. In regard to handicap access, every effort should be made to address this issue, but you are technically grandfathered in so major changes don't have to be made unless you are doing a full scale renovation. Try better planning, move classes as necessary to students assist students with limited mobility. Increased enrollment? Waltham HS had over 2400 students at points during the 80's and was fine. The school is currently below 1500, even with a 33% jump the school will still be below 2000. Although there may be new guidelines in place regarding class size, overcrowding wouldn't be addressed in renovations without a new wing or building. This is just from the outside looking in that I can understand why this request was denied. Conduct a full scale review of needs for the High School, you can outsource this if necessary, but you should have the resources and personnel to make a formal request. You might get turned down for a renovation, but may get support to make a long-term plan for a new construction. The school may only be ... what 55-60 years old, but a new school is probably a better option considering "life of structure/facilities" from that time frame.
Frosty the Snowman January 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm
@Common Sense, 1969 the current WHS was opened. I've heard of schools in Massachusetts teaching inRead More trailers, I'm not shocked that Waltham was denied.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) January 8, 2014 at 12:27 am
I once covered a school where the library literally fell off the building. Their request wasRead More expedited.
Waltham High School
Brian Gentry January 2, 2014 at 11:26 am
Kind of an overreaction to close schools Thursday in my opinion. The state is closed all day andRead More we are only forecast to have 4" by 5pm. Minnesota is laughing at us.
Karen Walz January 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm
"Minnesota is laughing at us." Good one!
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Walthamguy November 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm
Any similarities between ObamacAre and ObamacOre? In a recent article regarding Common CoreRead More commentator Sarah Rose offered superb comments with links to further info (http://waltham.patch.com/groups/schools/p/understanding-common-core-a-breakdown-of-the-pros-and-cons-waltham?yPos=2724). --- For a brilliant HS student’s perspective checkout the short video at http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/11/15/did-this-just-give-the-best-anti-common-core-case-ever-made/?utm_source=Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2013-11-15_275683&utm_content=5538611&utm_term=_275683_275690 . --- What most caught my attention is when the young student mentioned how state governments bent-over to accept Common Core in exchange for huge subsidies from the federal government. That reminded me of a quote by Alexis de Toqueville who said something like… “The American Republic will endure until the day Government discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money”. Comments anyone?
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Sarah Rose November 11, 2013 at 08:39 am
In actuality, Common Core standards are not more rigorous than the best in the nation MassRead More standards, and they actually eliminate much math instruction that leads to higher level math courses in high school and college Read what the only mathematician on the CC validation committee said about why he didn't sign off on the standards (http://parentsacrossamerica.org/james-milgram-on-the-new-core-curriculum-standards-in-math/). AND they are developmentally inappropriate for the lower grades based on Piaget's widely accepted cognitive development theory (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/09/why-young-kids-are-struggling-with-common-core-math/). The Standards were not internationally benchmarked (http://pioneerinstitute.org/blog/blog-education/blog-common-core/common-core-was-neither-internationally-benchmarked-nor-state-led/) and the only data and research used to back up the standards are two reports actually written by the same DC think tank that wrote the standards. Hardly unbiased and legitimate research and data. As for National Continuity, about 2% of students move from one school district to another in any given year, and most of those move within their own state. And lowering our state standards to account for this movement is not a great cost-benefit in any case. Bringing standards down for all students in order to accommodate the students from other districts moving in is ludicrous. In addition to these concerns are the use of data collection agencies for test scores and our children's privacy and how much money the state will have to pony up for all the new CC aligned textbooks, testing and technology needed for testing. CC adoption was required for qualification for Race to the Top funds from the federal government, so of course there was wide adoption, because the adoption was required for those funds before the standards were even written. CC may help lower performing states, but it will pull down high performing Mass in a Race to the Middle. Do your research, and let your school officials know how you feel.
Walthamguy November 11, 2013 at 09:22 pm
Sarah, thank you for such informative comments!
andipandi November 12, 2013 at 03:42 pm
I would have hoped that an article on a local blog would at least mention if Massachusetts was anRead More adapter of this program. I had to look it up. Thank you Sarah for your comments!
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Maddie Chambers November 7, 2013 at 05:45 pm
#4 Just rubs me the wrong way. While yes, the majority of perpetrators are male, this should notRead More create a thought process that ALL perpetrators are male. Females can coerce others into sexual acts that they do not want to commit also, therefore it should not say "Be Aware of What Your Son is Watching," but rather "Be Aware of What Your Children Are Watching," just as all the other advice topics use the word "child and do not call out a specific gender.