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AnnieOMalden April 24, 2014 at 01:50 pm
It is no wonder the charter school is on this list. The kids who end up at the high school are theRead More cream of the crop. The other kids are weeded out from kindergarten on to get the students needed to score high on tests. Why do you think Neil Kinnon allowed my kids to stay? He put up with me because I gave him what he needed: high test scores from my kids. If your child does not do well, they will be kept back. And kept back. Sooner or later, you will remove that child or have a kid who has been kept back 3 years and no parent wants that. MV gives lip service to Special Ed programs. This designation from the magazine certainly does not take into account the many fine schools in the state who have not made the list. No disrespect to Malden High as they do a great job with the challenges they have. MV has the deck stacked in their favor.
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Captain Concerno April 24, 2014 at 09:53 pm
Annie you are back at it again. My kids went to school with yours and I was not so lucky to haveRead More them excel academically. My kids struggled at the rigorous curriculum Mystic Valley had. ITs absurd that you think the school can just pick who the want to attend the high school to maintain their status. Stop being so ignorant and give the credit where credit is due. My child was not kept back as you suggest but in contrary was able to attend extra help sessions after school to try to help with subjects that they were struggling in. Its comical that you hate the school so much but your children attended and benefited by attending. Not sure why you have such a hatred for MR Kinnon but maybe you should seek help for your anger issues. I have not discussed with Mr Kinnon but it seems to me a person who dedicates his time to public service and outs the effort in he does should be commended on some level. I may not agree with everything the school does I am very appreciative of the Board, Staff, and volunteers that make the school great. Correct me if I am wrong but didnt your children receive a scholarship? Should the school take some credit there? And finally Annie please don't go try to save face and say how well Malden High School is doing. You never thought of sending your children there. I have many friends that teach at Malden High and they should be very proud of the ranking they achieved. You continue to show your ignorance and I wish you would stay silent. Things have been nice and quiet for a while until you re-surfaced again with this article.
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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?
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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.
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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
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jirkyrick March 15, 2014 at 11:14 am
Why are there're beds in the classroom?
Dahai Dong March 15, 2014 at 01:50 pm
People made huge mistake on developing bed bug methods which kill bed bugs (needing large amountRead More work) and feed bed bugs (laying eggs fast). The best method does not kill bed bugs (saving large amount work) or feed bed bugs (solving problem immediately). Here are common senses: A bed bug lays up to 300 eggs. Chemical or steam can’t kill bugs behind wall or inside electronics. Heating room above 120 F fails if bugs migrate from other apartments or hide in electronics. Since more than 99% bed bug feeding is at night and they must crawl to top of bed before biting, it is easy to keep top of bed as bed bugs free by a cover with surrounded sticky barrier which traps bed bugs but never touches people. The bedding materials and sleeper are above the cover (trap), so that you don’t care how many bed bugs inside mattress or in anywhere. To ensure immediately solving problem, understand why someone can stop bites by sleeping in bathtub and then compare functions of bed sized trap and bathtub. To ensure killing 100% bed bugs, understand why CO2 traps kill 100% bed bugs if people don’t sleep in this room and then compare functions of dish-sized trap and bed-sized trap. It is easy for every bug to find sleeper and die on the way for food. It is difficult for people to search every bug without missing a single one which lays eggs fast. Google “bed sized bed bug trap” and celebrate having solved problem on the first day of setting up bed-sized trap due to no more bites and negligible daily effort.
Jim 08 March 15, 2014 at 09:24 pm
If you people only knew......the city is infested good luck if you live in an apt bldg. or condo ifRead More you do you have them
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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!✈️
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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!
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jirkyrick February 26, 2014 at 08:07 pm
The class of 76 has Jr Ford and former special assistant to mayor Howard, Charlie Toomajian
David Marsters February 27, 2014 at 07:10 am
Charlie Toomajian would be a good pick as he just got out of federal hotel.
Kathleen McKenna February 27, 2014 at 07:56 am
Congratulations to all nominees and to Malden High AA for making these decisions. Looks like aRead More wonderful celebration for Malden.
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.
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Julie the Jarhead January 2, 2014 at 09:04 am
"... And we LIKED IT!"
blair February 12, 2014 at 06:04 pm
Is it this thursday tommorow
Julie the Jarhead February 12, 2014 at 06:06 pm
No, Blair ... This is a post from the beginning of January. This is NOT for 13 February.
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AnnieOMalden December 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm
Woody: If Neil continues to refuse to comply, what choice would the State have but to shut down theRead More school? What will it take for him to do what he is told? There are many improprieties going on there where he is the culprit. I got to know Neil very well while my boys were students there. Why should I leave the school where I felt my kids were safe? The longer days and uniforms were also a consideration for me. One of the major selling points were promises made by Neil himself convincing parents it was "our" school and he worked for us. He made sure he weeded out trouble makers and non-compliant students which only made it safer for my boys and easier for them to learn without disruption. They also had friends there which they didn't want to leave for a new school. Believe me, I questioned myself many times over the years why I allowed them to continue. I honestly kept thinking it would get better and maybe Neil would move on. Yes, I do think parts of the school are a hell hole and a dump. The kids who have to attend the upper grades in the old Maplewood school have my sympathy. I will never understand why he chose to build an athletic facility over an improved school building for those students. We were told many times in the beginning if we were looking for athletic facilities to go elsewhere as the academics would always come first. It is easy for this school to score well when they don't have to deal with whatever walks through their door like the other public schools. They SHOULD do well if they are going longer days and more days. And as far as me commenting on Kinnon, it is not me who brings on the headlines. He does that all by himself. It was only a matter of time before he revealed himself to everyone as the person he really is. It's all on him, not me.
WoodStock December 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm
So even though you knew Kinnon, was not complying with the rules and was giving false promises toRead More the parents & students you kept you children in the school. This has been going on for years, quite honestly since the opening of MVRCS. You kept your precious children attending a school that for years you have been on Patch/Observer complaining about. Uniforms & friends and longer hours were a better choice for you than making sure you children were in a school run properly? The students go to school at MVRCS the same hours as some of our public schools, meaning the longer hours might not be the case for the outstanding test scores. I think it has to do with the teachings, lesson plans and structure. Not every student attending that school is as sma rt as a whip. MVRCS, works hard to provide structured lesson plans, focus on academics, work hard with students and provide better quality teaching. Malden, has great public school teachers, but with budget cuts and lack of funding and materials it makes it harder on the teachers. The only think I don't agree with is Kinnon, being on the BOD for MVRCS and serving in a city position at the same time. The Charter School is a huge success and would be a horrible loss to the community, students and parents. Those students seem to have more of a chance there in my opinion, to graduate and obtain a better education. However as a parent if I though the school was so bad and all I did was bash the way it was run, I think I would have put my children into a different school. I am sure you boys are fine and the school has no damaging effects on them.
AnnieOMalden December 26, 2013 at 06:45 pm
Woody: My kids were there from the beginning. It took many years to come to the realization of whatRead More was actually going on. It has gotten worse since my kids graduated. It is very hard to make changes for the better when you are dealing with a dictator who does not have any oversight other than the DOE. Other public schools have elected school committees where Neil was appointed by those who started the school and assumed the Chairmanship when Henry Gennetti stepped down. They appoint only friends and family to the board and only the board votes on renewing a member's term renewal. Neil Kinnon was Mayor Howard's campaign manager who got him elected first time out without ever running for another office. Many deals have been made with those two which usually benefited the City. The school, not so much. I am both a founding parent and a citizen of Malden. I am not a friend or family and can see what they have done without any dog in the race other than my kids going to the school. You are right about questioning my thinking about leaving them in that environment. I weighed the pros and the cons and realized there may be little I could do as a simple concerned parent. My main interaction was with the teachers themselves and how they worked with my boys. Many have thanked me over the years for being someone who stepped up and spoke out on the behalf of the students AND the teachers. They thanked me for showing up to board meetings just to let the board know there was someone watching them. Not that I could do a lot, but I know I helped make some changes to the benefit of those students. Since I have not continued my appearances at board meetings, it is quite clear Neil has stepped up his antics. Thirty students over the limit for 3 years = close to $1mil dollars taken from other school districts for starters. What else has or is he doing that flies in the face of DOE requirements? Forget about my personal feelings. Is it right for a person to get away with blatant misconduct and we all just pretend it isn't wrong? Don't forget, these are YOUR tax dollars being diverted. This is how bullies get away with what they do. Maybe it's ok for you, but I am calling him on this as a public figure and holding an elected position.
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Matthew December 16, 2013 at 09:01 am
Better question? When does the DPW get off vacation? The streets in the city are an absolute joke.Read More Oh and who's the brainiac that decided no snow emergency for parking, for this storm?
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Roland November 17, 2013 at 07:33 am
When we finish replacing writing we can start with math because computers do this and then moveRead More right into reading because our tablets and computers have audio now so what the heck stay home who needs school, oh sorry we need school to give our kids breakfast and lunch because we don't want to get up oh wait we don't have to the check goes directly into my account. We can't stop this madness until the kids learn in school again, but if we keep them down the cycle will continue.
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MO November 11, 2013 at 08:31 am
The speaker in the video below is Jason Zimba, one of the three drafters of the Common Core mathRead More standards. The questioner is Dr. Sandra Stotsky. This exchange took place at a meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on March 23, 2010. As you will hear, Dr. Zimba admits not only that the CC math standards aren't designed to prepare students for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) studies, but also that they're not designed to get a student into any selective college, even in a non-STEM discipline. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJZY4mh2rt8
MO November 11, 2013 at 08:32 am
Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram refused to sign off on the Common Core standards. Dr.Read More Milgram, Stanford and NASA mathematician was the only content expert in mathematics on the committee. Sandra Stotsky was the only content expert for English on the committee. She is credited with developing one of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 while serving as Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education. Read Common Core’s Invalid Validation Committee by Sandra Stotsky here: http://www.uaedreform.org/wp-content/uploads/2000/01/Common-Core’s-Invalid-Validation-Committee.pdf
Sarah Rose November 11, 2013 at 08:33 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.