A lie is less likely to lose its way en route to a bigoted mind than is the truth trying to penetrate the defenses of a biased intellect. That’s why slander against the teachers union is so well-received among people who are hostile to public education. They buy into a package of myths, including the one that claims that the reason that the teachers union is seeking a reduction in class size is that more classes would mean more jobs for their members.
What idiot would say that doctors would like more carcinogens in the environment because it would translate into more patients for them?
Critics are not necessarily enemies. Their legitimacy as critics depends on their motives. But most opponents of public schools would actually feel threatened if the schools improved. It would disconcert these spiteful bottom-feeders and it would get in the way of their single-minded pursuit of privatization and wealth-management.
They want to destroy public schools, so not only are their criticisms not constructive, they’re illicit. Thus they resound all the more in the charter school sanctums.
Between their acts of instigating arson against the reputation of public schools and the teachers union, they make sure to send their own kids to schools where the class size is far lower than it is for garden-variety kids in public schools. They demand teeny class size for their trust-fund beneficiaries, but are blasÈ about monster-sized classes for the kids they see as the city’s runts. They’ll never forgive the teachers union for championing these human gifts.
It’s ridiculous that it still needs to be explained that the more kids in a classroom, the less time there is for teachers to devote to their individual learning styles and challenges. The supporting research is stacked to the moon, but the wrath of those who won’t consent to the proof is still stacked against the truth.
It costs money to invest in every child’s basic right to a quality education. But in the future our whole nation will reap the dividends. So an idea was raised that is both brilliant and painless: Impose a miniscule tax on people so wealthy that they won’t even notice their contribution on paper, much less dent their lifestyle.
If you have a home worth more than $5 million and choose to reside primarily in an even more luxurious domicile, your tax would be hiked by around 0.5 percent per year. That would allow an injection of around $900 million annually that could be used to lower class size.
Any person so extravagantly privileged with material gain who begrudges dedicating a relatively few pennies for the common good is morally bankrupt and shouldn’t insult any house of worship with his hypocritical presence.
Arthur Flug loved all six of his careers, but has a special connection to his last one as director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center and Archives.
After seven years at the helm, Flug, 75, of Jamaica Estates is retiring on Dec. 31. He will leave his post on the Queensborough Community College campus in Bayside to travel and spend more time with his wife and grandchildren, but will still work on a few projects at the Holocaust center.
More than 90 percent of city teachers and principals were rated as effective or highly effective in the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review in the first year that the five boroughs were graded under the assessment system.
“For our schools to succeed, we need to hold ourselves accountable for the development of our educators,” city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a said in a written statement after the report was released on Tuesday. “At the same time, a well-developed evaluation system — with four, much more nuanced ratings, instead of only two — helps us identify and provide specific support to struggling teachers, as well as identify those who do not belong in the classroom.”
(NAPSI)—A middle-school student who has been trained can save a life when someone needs CPR.
Archbishop Molloy social studies teacher Sabina Kobinski was chosen to participate in a professional development program centered around the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation in January 1945.
Columbia University dismissed Lions football head coach Peter Mangurian this past Friday. Ironically, the fact that the Lions are in the midst of a 21-game losing streak had little to do with the dismissal; rather it was reports that Mangurian was verbally abusive to players, and even worse, ignored their concerns about having incurred concussions, that spurred Columbia president Lee Bollinger to act.
Not to belittle the players’ concerns, but not firing this guy just based on his win-loss record reminds me of how the feds could only put Al Capone away for income tax evasion instead of for any of his hardcore gangster activities. But the important thing is that Columbia finally got rid of “the Vince Lombardi of losing.”
Kerri Naples, an algebra II/trigonometry teacher from the Scholars’ Academy in the Rockaways, was one of seven teachers to receive the sixth annual Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and the only honoree from Queens.
“You don’t know what you are missing if you don’t have a teacher like Kerri Naples,” said Scholars’ Academy Principal Brian O’Connell.
Sabina Kobinski’s great-uncle, a Roman Catholic priest, was performing Mass in Poland in 1942 when German soldiers entered his church and captured him for speaking ill of Adolph Hitler’s regime.
He would spend the next three years imprisoned in Eastern European concentration camps such as Dachau and the infamous Auschwitz facility.
Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a last Saturday announced that the city has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, the union that represents public school principals and other officials, which includes retroactive and future pay raises.
“This agreement with CSA means that all of our school administrators will get the fair wages they deserve in a way that protects the City’s long-term fiscal health,” de Blasio said at the union’s annual conference over the weekend. “But above all else, this is an education contract that will spur innovation and help us ensure the best educators are leading our schools.”
The embattled principal of John Bowne High School in Flushing has been accused of driving two of his former female employees to quit after he made sexually suggestive remarks to one and belittled another after she became pregnant, court documents state.
According to one Dec. 1 lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, Principal Howard Kwait allegedly “targeted Plaintiff in the workplace, and subjected Plaintiff to a work environment permeated with hostility, ridicule, and torment.”
The Hollis Hills community honored a late couple Sunday for their longtime contributions to the neighborhood.
A plaque was dedicated in memory of David and Marion Millet on the traffic island at Union Turnpike and 220th Street, which the couple was instrumental in beautifying.
(BPT) - In early January 2014, 21 percent of American workers said they planned to change jobs within the next 12 months, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Introspection is common at the turn of the year, and people who plodded along in less-than-fulfilling jobs for the preceding 11 months begin thinking about what they can do differently in the new year. Many will turn to their education options to help improve their job prospects.
Teachers and administrators of the Queens Explorers Elementary School, also known as PS 316, in Ozone Park following a ribbon-cutting celebration for the new school, which started classes in September.
Forty-five struggling public schools throughout the city, including three in Queens, have been partnered with community-based organizations to focus on the individual needs of children, officials announced on Monday.
“For our students to succeed they must be in school learning, and within the community school model, the whole needs of students are addressed,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a in a written statement announcing the program.
(BPT) - With tuitions at an all-time high, the cost of college and the increasingly competitive job market have become major considerations for aspiring college students and their parents. Students are not only focusing on where they can get in, but where they can get the best education that will set them up for a desirable career. The most challenging part of the journey to success is oftentimes the first step – gaining admissions.
While the GOP had a great night on Nov. 4 — they won control of the 114th Congress! — to this writer, it was a hollow victory. Let’s look at what they won.
They exchanged roles in the Senate. Folks, remember when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent 400 bills to the Senate? What happened to them? The GOP minority invoked Senate rules to have them pigeonholed! What was good for the GOP, will be good for the Democrats in 2015. The GOP House will send many bills to the senate: repeal of Obamacare, Keystone pipeline approval, corporate tax cuts, restoring the Defense of Marriage Act … Gridlock will continue to tie up Congress.
If the GOP truly supports bipartisanship, let them prove it by having the House pass the Senate immigration bill, which has 14 GOP votes but has been denied House action for the past 502 days!
Republicans claimed voters repudiated President Obama. Barack Obama was correct on the issue of raising the minimum wage, as voters in four western “red” states approved. Another Obama issue? Governor Danel Malloy of Connecticut supported gun background checks. The NRA, a friend of the G
OP, spent huge sums hoping to defeat him. However voters re-elected him. GOP Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett fired thousands of teachers. He signed a very suppressive photo ID voter law. Commonwealth voters defeated him by a wide margin. Thousands of citizens will now be able to enroll in Obamacare.
Contrary to Fox and Friends, the hollow GOP victory gave Obama a major role in legislative matters. For years, the GOP tied Obama’s hands. The next Congress will send GOP radical bills to the White House. Obama will have the strongest left hand in DC. He will either sign executive orders or veto bills. Hey Republicans, have fun trying to get 67 senators to override a veto.
Sometimes to fit into the future, one has to make right with the past. It’s almost always easier said than done, especially when making right with the past involves confronting monsters.
Today, Kenan Trebincevic is a 33-year-old, successful physical therapist living in Astoria among 10,000 ex-Yugoslavians who all share a common past though their stories are all unique.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on the Department of Transportation to patch up holes in several fences near MS 202 Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, which he and school officials say are being used by students to cut across Conduit Avenue.
(BPT) - Toys and games are sure to be on kids’ gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in school. With technology in common use in classrooms across the country, many parents will shop for laptops, notebooks or other devices that can help facilitate learning.
Cecil Golden, 22, of the Bronx pleaded guilty last Friday to manslaughter in the strangulation death of a Queens teacher.
Golden’s accomplice, 21-year-old Elijah Agyepong, also from the Bronx, also pleaded guilty to robbing the victim during the same incident.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer has had no shortage of projects or union contracts to review in his first 11 months in office.
And he likes it that way.
A World War II veteran and retired high school baseball coach from Whitestone had a “once in a lifetime” thrill last week when he was in Manhattan’s Veterans Day Parade.
Chet Gusick, 88, who served as a forward observer for his artillery unit in Europe, rode in the parade with his family in a 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible owned by one of his former students, Mitchell Mantell.
(StatePoint) The holiday season is here. Amid decorating your home, planning holiday parties and baking cookies for Santa, you might find yourself with very little time (and cash) for holiday shopping.