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Elizabeth E. November 18, 2013 at 11:35 am
I just read an article from the Post-Dispatch about children in Illinois (back in the 1940s) whoRead More raised $60,000 to purchase one of 5 handwritten (most likely in cursive) copies of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It is still shown in the museum. If we exclude the teaching of cursive writing and reading, kids will only be able to look at it and say "oh, that's nice." Won't things such as the authentic, historic articles of our country lose some of their significance? Why bother traveling to see the original Declaration of Independence? Another question I have been asking every time this topic arises: though the authenticity and purpose of one's signature has become a bit obsolete, how will these younger generations sign for purchases and paperwork without knowing how to create cursive letters? Maybe the anticipation is that by the time these kids get to that point in their lives, the act of signing anything at all by hand will be extinct.
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PaulRevere November 11, 2013 at 10:22 am
A Diverse cultural America almost requires a "Diverse Education system". When the goalRead More becomes a "common core", education it becomes akin to mating Cats and Dogs. Common is in direct conflict with society's cultural differences. Yes, people, rebel as much as you want. Education decisions (and what is must include) has now been transferred to the Federal Government. The historical freedom to locally Educate your children according to the local communities "standards" has been lost. FREEDOM? Another local freedom about to "bite the dust". It's called Federal money lures-- as the Controlling puppet strings attached to each state become smaller and smaller. FEDERAL- Takeovers FEDERAL-Education --now FEDERAL-Medical care--It's all getting clearer. A society of COMMON EDUCATION and Therefore COMMON RESULTS. BTW: I thought Reading-writing and arithmetic were common-core enough. Just when did that become unattached?
Denice Spinale Skyles September 27, 2011 at 07:00 pm
I'm a happy customer of the cafe. The student "workers" are lead by three wonderful roleRead More models and the coffee is great. Denice Skyles Guidance Secretary
Ann Hinderberger September 28, 2011 at 03:49 pm
Everyone wins with this great addition to WMS. Thanks!
Rhonda Miller February 2, 2012 at 04:39 pm
A former WJH student and now a Special Education Teacher---I LOVE This!!
Trey Marlette speaks to the Mehlville School Board: "As soon as they walk into the door, they’re Mehlville."
Dee Magee August 10, 2013 at 07:07 pm
Pam, I know quite a bit about the city and merging some departments with the county really does makeRead More sense for both the city and county . I don't look for conspiracies. I deal in facts. The children are being bussed to remote districts to discourage them from leaving their own district. Why do you think Normandy sent theirs to St Charles. If the parents put their kids in adjoining districts they would have to provide their own transportation. I'd just encourage you to make sure you get as involved in issues and politics as I do and then you will most likely feel better when you are on a first name basis with key players in the city and county and you can have meaningful discussions about your concerns with them. It doesn't hurt to go to Jeff City to advocate for things either if you have concerns.
Pam Z August 10, 2013 at 08:38 pm
Dee, Thank you for confirming what I said about the fact that they are already merging only underRead More another name. No conspiracies, the latest Oakville "planning in the night" tells it all. Please tell those folks that there is no under cover agenda too. Fact is, if you put people in charge that have a progressive agenda then a progressive agenda is what you will get.
Dee Magee August 10, 2013 at 09:11 pm
Pam, I didn't vote for the ones in charge but I do believe in progress in some situations. TheRead More status quo isn't working as well as it did years ago. Don't have any idea what you're referring to as planning in the night but if you are talking about the senior housing that was totally the fault of the residents not being vigilant. I routinely check the county websites and always get out of my car to read notices for public hearings and attend them if interested.
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?
Trey Marlette speaks to the Mehlville School Board
d.hasch July 26, 2013 at 08:40 am
This young man exemplifies what "district of character" is all about. What an honorableRead More young man. You can tell that he comes from a loving family that really is involved in his life (Boy Scouts) and his education. If we are to call our selves a district of character, we must walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Lets show everyone that we ARE different and are wiling to give anyone that wants to work hard and do what is right the same chances that Trey Marlette has , the chance to achieve and to excel. Obviously that is not happening now in the Riverview Gardens district or parents would not want to transfer their kids. I respect those parents for recognizing the deficiencies in their district and they only want better for their kids as I hope all parents do. My ONLY concern after really considering this whole thing is that parents that send their children to Mehlville, may not for whatever reason have the chance to be involved in their children's school activities. The bottom line is that if we as parents can be involved with our children in all facets of their youth, hopefully you will have a kid like Trey Marlette. Kudos to the Marlette parents, the Mehlville school district and to young Trey. Lets learn from his optimism.
Denise Bayer July 26, 2013 at 10:24 am
Denise Bayer July 26, 2013 at 10:23 am Trey Marlette's welcoming speech is wonderful representationRead More of character and one I would hope all Mehlville students posses. We are a District of Character and I believe that most students/people are People of Character. Trey's comments are well received and hopefully are the hallmark of the action of everyone within our district. However, with Trey's comments in mind, we can not and should not, oversight numerous other issues. We must remain focused on valid concerns. The non-accreditation concerns are not "fixed" with transferring students out of Riverview Gardens. The financial strains imposed upon Riverview Gardens coupled with struggling academic excellence , are real and must be examined and remedied. Concerns about "catching" students up within their grade level are real concerns...who will carry the costs involved with tutoring after school? Sure, those students exist within our MSD....and we, the taxpayers, support those extra educational periods. How will Riverview Garden students attending after school activities get home once the bus leaves..and who pays for the taxi service? Unfortunately, we must address these issues realistically and find answers to all questions. It's not as simple as it may seem. In the meantime, let's show our character and shine as we welcome ALL new students into our Mehlville School District. We have a strong academic district and are proud!
PaulRevere July 30, 2013 at 03:20 pm
I really wonder why any "state" supported Public school district would have the power toRead More decide who could attend the school. Barking about "space limitations" is the fault of our Boards approving financial spendings not even related to Education. As I see it, MSD collects real estate taxes from over apprx 2,000?? homeowners & businesses every year who do not even attend the district schools. Wouldn't it be more polite for each of those non-attending taxpayer homeowners to offer their "spot" to any of the new students from Riverview? The people are asking the wrong questions of our School boards. We should be asking--Why does the school spend every penney of revenue each year? Should they be saving much more revenue for future MS-district students who will be flocking to MSD as their non-public elementary schools start to close their doors. Wake up, people. It's not about accepting perceived outsiders. Riverview parents paid the same Tax bills you all paid. You have no special rights to refuse anyone under our Missouri constitution. Which says "Missouri shall provide "free" public schools Education" to any child under the age of 21. Cost of Tuition at any Mo Public school should be the same. "FREE". It is time for All public school districts to have the same cost structure --where-ever located. Oh! what will you all do when 500 district residents demand that "free" Public school education for their children. (as they leave their non-public schools.) Answers anyone??!!! Are the Boards ready to refuse accepting children who actually live in the district? Get ready for some major tax increases on business and individuals. Every ice cream cone or Restaurant meal cost will remind you all that education costs are paid from more than real estate taxes. _It's not Free. MSD should already have the room for 500 more students. Instead they squander the annual funds toward Raises and benefits having ZERO to do with Education costs. While Trey Marlette speaks from the heart-- our school boards and officials spend foolishly on things Trey should be aware of. There is not one MSD Parent who pays the $9,500 "tuition" for PS. So, why should a parent from Riverview pay that.?
File photo. Photo Credit: Sarah Flagg
Singrkel July 12, 2013 at 05:33 pm
It's not the children that I don't welcome, I don't welcome the culture they come from that teachesRead More them it's ok to shoot someone they don't like. And NO school is going to fix that. That's a parents job. And with the recent killings, one with 14 or so in one night, it's not going to get better by sending them to Mehlville.
Barb July 13, 2013 at 10:12 am
Since they're coming from poor performance schools, that means many of them won't be on the sameRead More level as the kids here so in my opinion, the only way our kids aren't dragged down academically is if the kids coming in are placed according to their abilities. For example, someone who performs at 6th grade level goes into 6th grade, regardless of what grade they were in at their old school. Otherwise it seems like the teachers will have to go at a much slower pace or repeat lessons that our kids have already learned. That's the ONLY way it's fair to our kids.
Roxie Gioia August 8, 2013 at 08:32 am
So nowwhy should ourkids suffer because with crowded classesthey will not get the Quality ed thatRead More we...as tax paayers in this district demand..maybe we should sue them because they are reducing the learning process...why dont they open another school like the one sitting vacant on union to take some of theover flow...and send some teachers that have lost their jobs because of the transfers.
David McCrary June 23, 2013 at 11:04 am
No Child Let Behind and now Common Core? Is there a pattern at work here? Have you read anyRead More objective evaluations regarding the impact of NCLB? Parents and teachers had better pay attention before ALL local control of the government schools is lost to the socialist bureaucrat class. The teachers inparticular had better be careful because their jobs/wages are going to be totally dependent on student evaluations based on CC standards. We don't need another 'we need to pass the bill to find out what's in the bill' situation. Proceed with caution.