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Common Core wrongly tied to data project

Those who think that the curriculum isn't already stifling creativity have never watched students study the same set of indicators for weeks on end so they can correctly choose A, B, C, or D, rather than explain how to apply a concept to a problem. There are always exceptions, and some schools don't over-focus on taking and passing a multiple-choice test (notice I didn't say excelling, because you can meet standards with as low as a 63 percent-- see the cut scores: http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabi...). But in some schools, new learning in math seems to stop when the second semester begins, and math time is spent drilling for assessments rather than advancing the curriculum.

The system is broken. Common Core may not be the best or the only answer, but it is research-based and data-driven. Educators developed it, not politicians. Educate yourself. Get involved with your local school and see how Common Core will change the way they teach our children. THEN come and criticize if you think it is warranted.

June 14, 2013 at 4:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools preparing for next digital revolution

While I only have experience with Open Office as a free solution to Word/Publisher/Excel/etc., I have to say that it has been very glitchy and uncooperative on our network at school. We have used it for three years now and are in the process of switching back to MS Office products. We teach MS products because those are currently what employers want new employees to know. It is a nightmare to have them create a document in Word in the business class labs and then be unable to edit in the same format elsewhere in the school. This is NOT the best place to save money. Maybe someday it will be different.

December 26, 2012 at 6:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grocery stores compete for customer loyalty with gas discounts

I don't know how it is in Lawrence, but there is a table in the foyer of the Topeka HyVee with all the point specials on it. They also have point specials on some of their hot deli food that are posted on the food cases. I shop both places for different times and different reasons, but I am really glad that HyVee now has a program that works at the pump instead of having to go inside. And living in a town with a Casey's and being able to use my HyVee points there is a huge bonus.

December 21, 2012 at 7:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Family trying to find dog that bit woman

Apparently not the painful ordeal it used to be, but who pays for it?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ann-medlock/what-you-know-about-rabie_b_103700.html

November 29, 2012 at 1:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas schools face monumental changes in coming year

While teachers are in large part responsible for student success, there is only so much poverty, neglect, and poor parenting that a teacher can counteract. If we plan to make the teachers' jobs dependent on student success, then families need to be accountable for student failure as well.

October 16, 2012 at 7:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Some schools may keep Western Civ requirement

Mixed feelings. I hated my first semester of WC, but that was due in large part to the pompous TA who taught the discussion group. As a freshman eligible for the honors program (in which I decided not to partake), I was kind of railroaded into WC at orientation. The class would have meant more with a couple of years of literature and history classes under my belt. As a first-year, I struggled with the reading amounts and content (despite taking an AP-level humanities class my senior year of high school). Keep the requirement, but leave it in the junior/senior or graduate level programs.

October 1, 2012 at 10:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Topeka lamp post falls onto Lawrence police vehicle

It's not on the state assessments, therefore it is no longer a subject (or a predicate or even an indirect object) of discussion in the English classroom. At least not where I work now.

June 27, 2012 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Students sharpen German language at KU

Ahh, back in the '80s I went to German Field Day at KU--my first real visit to the campus. Sounds like even more fun now.

Oh and pretty sure that you meant "oral" here: "The day launched at 9 a.m., and activities included aural and written competitions,..." I'm sure they did have to listen, but they probably had to speak to win. I wonder if they still do extemporaneous speaking--that was the toughest for me. Pick a topic out of a hat and get 5 minutes with a dictionary to get ready to talk about the subject in front of the judges.

March 4, 2012 at 7:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter grades giving way to ‘standards-based’ marks in Lawrence schools

Oh wait, that's too high. I wouldn't want the other commenters to think that their contributions were less than "S" and get low self esteem.

September 6, 2011 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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