The New York State Board of Regents believes in whiz kids. No, not our kids. The Regents have clearly sent the message that our kids are so dopey and lacking in “college and career readiness” that the state must immediately force a whole new curriculum on our schools, and a new testing system to prove just how much our dopey kids need this new curriculum.
The whiz kids on the Regents’ speed-dial are a group of 27 Regent Fellows, full-time “education reformers.” They are tasked with coming up with ways to improve “educational outcomes,” develop systems to measure just about everything that is measurable, and use that data to evaluate our kids, their teachers and their schools. They also have been instrumental in the state’s implementation of the Common Core standards and the accompanying curriculum. There is nothing like it anywhere else in the country.
Whether you prefer a classic eggnog, or something lighter, but still as tasty, here are a couple of eggnog variations for you to serve at your next holiday event.
• 12 eggs, separated
• 6 cups milk
• 2 cups heavy cream
• 2 cups bourbon
• 1-1/2 cups sugar
• 3/4 cup brandy
• 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
Office party etiquette, conducting yourself appropriately at office or workplace social gatherings such as parties, and dinners, can be a perfect opportunity to improve relationships with your co-workers and management. Although some companies arrange for offseason gatherings, November and December are some of the more popular months for companies to hold social events for their employees and associates.
The outside protesters and inside speakers at recent local hearings featuring State Education Commissioner John King didn’t rail against his test-intensive approach to schooling in vain. Soon after the raucous event at Mineola High School, the Board of Regents announced that 20 minutes would be trimmed off the upcoming state math test. Ten minutes off the English exam.
Of course, in context, it’s not much. Our kids still can expect to sit through nearly three hours of testing in April.
I am a big fan of reading. It’s a bond I’ve had with my kids going back to when they were little. I remember reading Good Night Moon to them every night before they went to sleep at night and it was even better during the holidays when we’d read The Night Before Christmas in front of the tree. So imagine my delight when I heard about Moey’s Fairytale Adventure, which is set to debut on the first weekend of December at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center.
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