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Letter: Common Core Gets A Big Fat ‘F’

Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:37

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting with New York State Senator Kemp Hannon on Sept. 4 to discuss our significant concerns with the Common Core Curriculum. The senator graciously agreed to meet and spent almost an hour with us, listening to the issues associated with the curriculum.   

By now, I am certain that most readers are familiar with some of the problems inherent with the curriculum. Chief among them are the lack of input from educators, early childhood experts and a completely unproven and untested curriculum, despite dubious claims by the creators that they are internationally benchmarked. The absence of such expertise is readily apparent, given the inappropriate expectations imposed upon our youngest students and the subsequent pressure placed on students and teachers alike to produce high marks on state testing.

 

Editorial: Journalism As Dream Job

Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:33

When Farmingdale High School grads say that they want to major in English, they are quickly pegged as teachers and dumped into the education bin. If they say, “No, I’m a journalist,” they get “Oh, that’s interesting,” in a tone that evokes patting a child’s head. Or the suggestion, knowingly delivered, that it’s “a dying field.”

Writers have long been envied for their creative freedom and perceived cushy work, even as they are pitied for their wages. Oh to turn the tables and watch the haters try it; working on deadline, staring at a computer screen for 15 hours straight, cranking out original pieces several times a day.

 

Air Force Vet To Lead Combat Veterans Organization

Written by Commander Bob Fullam Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:56

U.S. Veterans Of Foreign Wars concluded it’s 115th national convention at Kansas City, Mo., with the election of the new VFW National Commander, John W. Stroud. Stroud served in the US Air Force from 1976 – 1997, including a tour in Koria in 1992 – 1993 with the 51st fighter wing at Osan Air Base as flight Operations Superintendent. His decorations include four Meritorious service Medals, three Air Force commendations Medals, three Air Force Achievement Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal and the National Defense Servic e Medal.

Stroud recounted his first experience with the VFW, stopping in Post 10047 In Las Vegas, Nev, after seeing a sign that read “active duty Military Welcome”. Dressed in fatigues, he entered the Post and was immediately welcomed. Surrounded by his comrades, he learned of the organization’s many programs and services, and he knew he wanted in.

 

Editorial: Scouting For Leaders

Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:55

Nassau County got into Scouting way back in 1917 with the first Boy Scout council and first Girl Scout troop. At the time, the orienteering and outdoor skills Scouting promotes were still useful, even in Farmingdale.

Nearly 100 years later, our lives are much less rustic. Scouting has adapted. Now, troops are more likely to promote robotics studies and entrepreneurship than how to start a fire or build a lean-to. What endures through the decades of change are lessons of leadership and teamwork, as useful for survival on Main St. as wielding an axe is in a forest.

 

Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Friday, 19 September 2014 08:32

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.                                                                                  

— Alfred Griswold Whitney

 

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”

 

Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? 

 

Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including seven residents of Farmingdale — we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses. 

 

Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

 

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?

 

I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint.  Or have I misremembered that?

 

Letter:Bugged About Bugs

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

I read your ALB (Asian long-horned beetle) article with interest. [‘Landscape-Altering Pest Creeping North’ in the Aug. 29 edition] 

 

Recently two young gentlemen from ALB Cooperative Eradication Program in Amityville knocked on my front door and asked permission to inspect the two trees on my property. I let them; there were no beetles.

 

Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including seven residents of Farmingdale — we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses. 

 

Editorial: Riding A Green Tide Of Knowledge

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

With all the talk about American teens lagging behind their international peers regarding knowledge of science and technology, the Long Island Children’s Museum has addressed this intellectual gap by hosting Green Teens, a hands-on science camp the past six summers that teaches high school students about myriad environmental topics.

Thanks in part to a $150,000 grant from National Grid, the museum has become a certified Nature Explore Classroom and among the subjects these eco-warriors in training have learned about are hydropower and conservation.

 

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