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Paul Revere November 14, 2013 at 06:50 pm
Excellent commentary Catherine: Of course, cursive should be taught in schools. UnlessRead More "writing" has now morphed into "printing". It takes too much time , some would say. Even last night some school board is contemplating eliminating the "Pledge of Allegiance" because there is "no-time" for it. (15 seconds to recite is now too much time) Over 50% of the students could not even recite the pledge. Of course, no secret that I am for returning to those old days when the brain functioned 24/7, not 7 out of 24. Cursive takes Time and thought. ME? I actually prefer to "curse" as I write. Another coming LOSS of HISTORY will also be certain to happen. That is Digital pictures and home videos. While many are saving to the cloud, Cd's,Macs,Windows,Jpg,Bmp, etc. much of that Will be lost to "technology" of the future. A preserved digital Photo today will not be readable by the future technology. (No matter how careful you archive it.) I predict Digital photos will be the next "cursive" unreadable history of the future. Hard drive failures and lost flash drives presents a big potential Historical loss to society.
Frank Ruzicka September 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm
Moving forward despite the effort of their neighbors (as well as tax payers and voters) thatRead More Lindbergh School District refuses to consider in their expansion plan. I recently met with an engineer with MSD and discovered the proposed storm water management plan failed to take into account the runoff from Doercrest Manor. Some how this seems appropriate since they didn't take Doercrest into consideration from the very start. Nice to see Lindbergh acknowledged that a Phase 1 environmental study had been completed after the issue was raised at the last Aldermanic meeting. No mention of lead based paint or a fuel oil tank however? Dual meetings tonight; Board of Education and Board of Aldermen, unfortunately it is impossible to be at two meetings at once!
Patch Pro Paul Gutting has been the Executive Director at Campbell Montessori School since 2011.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 09:23 am
Rockwood 25 - I am glad to hear it! 'The Absorbent Mind' is a great book. If you haven't already,Read More you may want to look into 'Montessori Madness' by Trevor Eissler or 'Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius' by Angleline Lillard.
jlward August 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm
I would like to know how a school district can get so bad that they have to close it down. Is itRead More because of incompetent teachers??? Please explain to me how 2 school districts in St. Louis could go that far as to not do anything about the childrens learning and test grades.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 05:29 pm
jlward – you are asking a very big question that may have as much of a socio-political answerRead More as an educational answer. I do think, though, that this is a great time to have a broad conversation about the nature of education, and what we want as a community for our children. We should be talking about the nature and value of testing, looking at various educational models to understand how and why they work, asking about the role of the community in education, and making sure that we know what our options really are. It’s a big conversation, and it will require a lot from us, but it is good and necessary. The stakes are high.
The gym at Francis Howell Central High School was filled to standing-room-only at a town hall meeting about upcoming transfer students last week. Photo Credit: Jared Grafman
ray faulkner July 31, 2013 at 03:28 am
A few bad apples can spoil the barrel, these "kids" have seen and lived through things weRead More never will. Violent fights daily, guns in the school, rape, and extortion. I would love to think that only good kids will be transferring, but even they have been effected by the negative stimulus to always be on the defensive. Their posturing and behavior even on the best of days will seem intimidating to students and staff that have not lived as they have.
Rich Marshal July 31, 2013 at 04:39 pm
Show me one failing district whose kids are bused to a another school where that district improved.Read More We've been busing kids for 4 decades to what avail? Look at the data at any of the receiving schools and you will see large differences in test scores by race. Nothing about this situation will change that. Maybe these kids should choose to attend the University City school district. After all, it's much closer and their good liberals are color-blind. Oops, the UC school district is rated only slightly better than Normandy and RG. I wonder why a city that is 50% white has a high school that is 90% black. I can think of only one reason.
heidi August 17, 2013 at 11:35 am
The district began by saying it could accommodate 100 students from Riverview & Normandy. ThenRead More it changed that number to 175. Next we were going to take 152, but still only had room for 175 students. Now we’re taking 186? Is this because of the strong-arming of the ACLU? NAACP? What sort of transparency is this when the numbers keep magical changing before our eyes? What sort of a fix is this, Kurt? At the end of your article you stated "What is the problem? I can think of only one thing." What were you trying to insinuate, Kurt? More of that liberal racism card we hear bellowed at every turn?
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Cindy McDaniel July 24, 2013 at 09:28 am
As one of the applicants, Cindy McDaniel, I believe the best candidate for the Board is someone whoRead More will be committed to meeting the needs of the students and teachers. In addition to 34 years of business and management experience (including a senior management role with a major life insurance company), I bring significant business knowledge and expertise that will be of benefit to the Board. You can find more information about my background on my LinkedIn profile page at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=4057731. I ran a successful campaign for the April 2013 election and had the third highest number of votes, just behind the two incumbents that were re-elected to their seats. I intend to run again in April 2014 and would be honored to serve on the Lindbergh School Board.