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Schools will incorporate "brain breaks," or bursts of physical activity, into the school day. (Credit: Patch File Photo)
JaySmith April 15, 2014 at 06:43 am
Government gone wild. And none of it is free or.....in the end..... particularly helpful. BecauseRead More it takes away personal and family-oriented responsibility. Makes me SICK !
robert fleisch April 15, 2014 at 09:22 am
And to top it off, the teacher's union wants a raise. Maybe we should just hire some dieticians andRead More go to home schooling.
Jerry Krasnick April 15, 2014 at 09:27 am
I am glad to see there will be no more taking recess away as punishment. My son has forgotten hisRead More homework on occassion, and had recess taken away. I don't mind punishment, like giving him double homework the next day, or taking points off his grade, but taking re ess away from a kid that needs the physical activity...was never ok with that.
David Helkowski identified himself as a whistleblower regarding data security. (Screenshot from WJZ interview)
Kolo Jezdec April 12, 2014 at 06:49 pm
@Jason Keyes "He's lucky they didn't kill his dog." If the result of his foolishness isRead More jail time, a deceased dog would be the least of his worries...
Kolo Jezdec April 12, 2014 at 06:56 pm
Not sure the article makes this clear, but this raid was back on March 16th, almost 4 weeks ago.Read More Not exactly current news...
Kolo Jezdec April 12, 2014 at 07:00 pm
If you are interested, here is a copy of the search warrant:Read More http://freepdfhosting.com/44aec640f8.pdf **** There is also a link to it in the article.
GOP gubernatorial candidate David Craig used Twitter to pledge he will build a high school in Crofton. Credit: Screenshot from Build Crofton High School Facebook page
Mark April 4, 2014 at 03:09 pm
Thank God he's not making the standard run of the mill GOP promises: "I will require a woman toRead More go through transvaginal exploration..." or "I will make the NRA a household name in Maryland". He might have a chance with this promise.
Howard County public school students had nine inclement weather days for the 2013–2014 school year.
EL April 3, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Does HoCo school ever consider eliminating a teacher in service day or two rather than extending theRead More year. Adding curriculum days during the year MIGHT be more effective than tagging them on at the end. I keep hearing from parents AND staff that students "check out" by the beginning of June. I wonder if we aren't just adding days for the sake of adding rather than with an eye towards productivity.
Elle April 4, 2014 at 09:53 am
Its only 2 extra days and they're 1/2 days at that. Whats the big deal? Kids get bored a monthRead More after school lets out anyway. I'm for year round school with breaks in between!
Fort Meade Middle School teacher Colleen Benda, who feels teachers are not adequately compensated, instructs spanish class. Capital News Service photo by Ethan Barton.
Ananke April 4, 2014 at 06:54 am
Kolo - You are lucky to not have to work in the summer! Most teachers I know, myself included notRead More only have to work in the summer, but have an extra job during the school year because we are't paid enough to live...and I have a Masters degree!
Kolo Jezdec April 4, 2014 at 07:27 am
Ananke - I am very fortunate, I agree. We are a very frugal family. Many years ago my wife and IRead More bought a nice, but small and inexpensive home which we paid off in 15 years. We buy a new car every 7-8 years, paid for in cash. Our only indulgence is an annual Disney trip. Being off all summer when my children were young was truly a blessing, time that I would not exchange for anything. All things considered, a wonderful life...
Ananke April 6, 2014 at 10:25 am
I understand. My problem is that I am a single mother...so all five of us live on my salary. MyRead More children do work during the school year and in the summer, so that helps. I agree, that being off when the children are off is something that is precious!
Students who lost their friend Grace McComas to suicide as a sophomore asked to wear blue ribbons at the graduation ceremony this spring where she will be missed. Blue was Grace's favorite color.
Michael March 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm
The only reason school Superintendent Renee Foose reversed her original decision is because of theRead More immediate and intense outcry by Howard Co. residents, current and former Glenelg High School graduates, and the intervention of Maryland State Senator Allan Kittleman. There was also a damning news article and petition which quickly garnered over 1700 signatures. ................................. Good things did happen once sanity and common sense prevailed over the stupidity of Howard County School Superintendent Renee Foose and Glenelg Principle Karl Schindler, two of the supposedly intelligent adults supervising our children in school. Read the original Baltimore Sun article to see how inflexible these two really were before being embarrassed into changing their stance. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-reimer-blue-for-grace-20140326,0,4695648.column
Wendy Woods March 30, 2014 at 04:39 pm
I think we have forgotten whose graduation this is ... if a graduating class wants to pay tribute toRead More a classmate who has died before graduation, I don't see why they should even need to ask. Oh - I am a 1972 graduate of Howard High. We wouldn't have asked ....
Christine McComas April 2, 2014 at 09:24 pm
The family of Grace McComas is very thankful for the community support.
Jaki Ulman explains the Blue Pinky Project. (Screenshot from Ken Ulman's YouTube video)
Gloria R March 27, 2014 at 09:15 am
To try to help combat bullying, songs can teach children about kindness and tolerance. The songRead More “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” can be heard on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7WPUtUnRo
Justin case March 27, 2014 at 11:42 am
It seems a little late then never to stand up to bullying. If these kids would've stood up to theRead More bullying in the first place, they wouldn't be bullied again. The blame falls on the parents, courts and law makers. If we could legally discipline our children like the old days, kids would learn to respect one another. Instead kids are taught by their peers too be sissys and tattletales and are cowards. That's why their quick to pick up a gun, they're too scared to stand up and possibly get beat up in front of classmates. Shooting someone is a much easier way and they don't have to be near their opponent to do so, therefore, no black eyes & giggles. It's not the kids fault. If they do something wrong nowadays, instead of getting a beating by your father, they get their Xbox taken away. Whoo....so scary
Sheila March 27, 2014 at 02:38 pm
Great initiative... Boys and girls alike are affected by bullies, boys are just less likely toRead More report it.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley with University of Maryland mascot Testudo. Credit: UM Twitter feed
Steve March 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm
And each graduate will be taxed $1000 to hear him speak about how great he is.
ahmed March 26, 2014 at 06:26 am
He should never have been our Governor. Both party leaders select candidates for their status notRead More their positions and qualifications. Sarah Palin and O'Malley are among them.
runymede March 26, 2014 at 08:20 am
@ Steve - LOL...a very funny comment and beautifully stated.
Schools responded to the St. Patrick's Day snowfall.
EL March 25, 2014 at 02:10 pm
Is there a list some where of what days HoCo schools have been closed for snow? I thought I hadRead More noted it myself, but can't find it.
Maryland's terrapin turtle is threatened by climate change, as warmer temperatures cause more eggs to hatch as females and rising sea levels encroach on habitat. Credit: College News Service
Bud Herb March 13, 2014 at 10:37 am
We spent $128 billion on green technology last year and most if not all was aRead More boondoggle...solyndra,electric cars etc.
Nick March 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Not to mention the billions $$ in energy cost increases the US consumers pay because of failed andRead More idiotic energy policy in Washington DC
Pam Hamburg March 13, 2014 at 01:52 pm
Justin, Bud, Nick, etc. THUMBS UP!
A woman walks past the Nasdaq MartketSite tickers in Times Square in New York. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ahmed March 7, 2014 at 06:39 am
I always believed colleges, not community colleges, don't generally prepare students for jobs. TheyRead More are getting so much in tuition and you get a bunch of unemployed and unprepared student. Awful way to compete in this world. Perhaps high schools can do better than them
A racially themed party at McDaniel College in Westminster is being investigated. Credit: (Wikimedia Commons: Alan Levine)
Steven Spiegel March 8, 2014 at 04:32 pm
I WAS BEAT DOWN BY 7 Black boys age 15 from 22 Breaking my femur bone and a lot of bones in my faceRead More . When asking them to stop you are killing me there reply was what the f@#k You think we are trying to do ? There were plenty of black people sitting on there steps and when my wife cried out they laughed and said we don't want to get involved. These kids were not provoked by me in anyway . When the police got there all they had to say was another Saturday night in Baltimore and that was that. They never even followed up with questions or even any kind of investigation to try and charge these kids who were by all means were perpetrators of a hate crime and there is no doubt in my mind that if I were a African American man there would have been a huge investigation and every Baltimore city news team would have covered it. We as White people have lost all rights and we are now the oppressed . I have always given respect to people no matter there race and this is the thanks that I have gotten. We need to stop asking what race you are on job applications and ask if you are a citizen instead . We have lost our rights and its just going to get worse until we as a race take it back . We need to do away with the KKK and the NAACP the United Negro college fund has to go . They even have a Black only dating site . Its not right for one group of people to have certain groups that they don't want another to have . I was out of work for 2 years because of the injuries and lived off my life savings and my parents also helped me a lot. There were no investigation what so ever and I believe the reason was because I am white if I was black it would have been a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the racists . I have Mixed grandchildren and love them with all my heart and I have never deprived anyone my friendship because of the color of there skin . I am not asking for anything but equality and this will never stop unless we get our head out of our ass and look
Pam Hamburg March 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Steven Spiegel, thank you for telling your story here. You didn't have to do that. Do you have anyRead More idea as to why they did that to you? Did you provoke them, even unknowingly? I doubt it, at least not enough to do that to you. It was more like the crap going on now...punch out a white person and run. It's hard not to hold resentments against a race in your situation. I sure would too.
Steven Spiegel March 9, 2014 at 10:48 am
Hello Pam Thanks for the statement . I don't hate Black people for the action of a few . I believeRead More until we take away Black TV/ The Naacp/ The United Negro college fund / Black only dating service or allow for a White tv or a United Caucasian college fund that there will never be equality in the United State's . If you want to be equal then for God sakes don't want more then the next race . And also why is it OK for a Black Person to hold up there fist and say Black Power but if a White person does it he is a Racist scumbag headed for hell ???? Its time for us to all grow up and be good to one another . And stop trying to be better than one another . I am a Bricklayer who works my tail off for my family when I hire from time to time I don't see race I look at how well the person works . When I be friend someone I don't worry about what there skin color is I worry about how well I am treated . Its time to put away the past and start looking for the future . Instead of breeding hate into our kids Breed Love and affection instead of fists let it be hand shakes and Hugs . If we do away with special groups for races or let us all have them without ridicule then we will all be considered equal . When we allow one we should allow all !!!! I would never judge all for a few peoples actions .
Future teachers worry whether they will be prepared based on their degrees.
Kolo Jezdec March 5, 2014 at 01:55 pm
Get out of education before it is too late! Teaching used to be an enjoyable and rewardingRead More profession, but not so for the past 5 or so years.
Ananke April 3, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Please, don't go into teaching. As a teacher, we aren't even properly trained for common core. WeRead More are demanding things from our students cognitively that they cannot do! Students are badly behaved and the parents are worse. Save your sanity, health and happiness and get into another field. I have at least a dozen teaching colleagues that are leaving the profession this year and at least twenty that left last year because of the enviornment. Teachers are the scapegoats of education. "Why is my child getting a "D"..because your child does nothing! Because you don't help your child or parent your child! Teachers are forced to be accountable for failing students..where are the parents/students responsibility in this...administratively...nowhere!!! Get out now!
Roger April 4, 2014 at 09:14 am
It's always about money. Our public education is underfunded intentionally to fund the war andRead More prison industries. And to fund maximum tax evasion by millionaires.
Howard County Public Schools released its plan for students, prekindergarten and the MSA.
ahmed March 3, 2014 at 07:21 pm
Howard County Schools have 2hr delay, they will reevaluate tomorrow at 730 am.
woodbine5 March 4, 2014 at 07:56 am
7:30 Cancelled. Auuuuuugh. I challenge the HoCo school board/system to come up with some sort ofRead More TV/Internet channel that kids can watch at home during these "snow days" so that they can learn something!
ahmed March 4, 2014 at 08:21 am
Hi Woodbine5, if you have not known usehttps://www.khanacademy.org. This is a highly respected andRead More excellent site for all if not most of your kid's needs.
University of Maryland students and staffers overwhelmed a free credit monitoring service Tuesday as they tried to learn if their personal data was compromised in a database breach. File|Patch
Don O'Neill February 26, 2014 at 10:13 am
How come Gov. O'Malley is touting the state of Maryland as the Center of Excellence for CyberRead More Security and the University of Maryland gives up 300,000 personal identities to hackers? What's wrong with this picture?
Athletic trainer (Credit: Simbsbury Patch)
Jack February 24, 2014 at 01:59 am
The problem is our students in Howard county are playing hurt. An athletic trainer here will tape upRead More broken bones. Growth plate fractures often go unnoticed. They also use STIM therapy even though a doctor has not evaluated or prescribed it. Any parent who does not take their child to a doctor after an injury and follow their advice is a fool.
High school students already taking a rigorous courseload, such as Advanced Placement classes, say they are unfazed by the Common Core standards. File|Patch
Jack February 25, 2014 at 07:44 pm
The HCPSS BOE voted to take the RTTT cash and the pig in a poke which accompanied it. In partRead More because they always accept large amounts of money with complete disregard to the consequences of their actions and because they wanted a seat at the table. Only BOE member Dyer cautioned them to research and educate themselves on the issue. When They took the RTTT cash they were already 89% in line with common core. For the HCPSS it is mostly realignment so very little improvement. Beyond colleges have to accept their students without making them take remedial ed the quality of education remains about the same. The nightmare which ensued in the HCPSS was a combination of their ignorance, lack of almost any resources anywhere and the fact they are teach to the test experts not educators. Somehow and what Wilson was referring to is the HCPSS completely screwed up what they had most likely because they had no idea what they were doing. Not only was nothing above Algebra 2 untouched neither was Geometry. Parts of Algebra 2 which years ago were actually Algebra 1 were moved back but nothing was added to Algebra 2
Jack February 25, 2014 at 07:58 pm
I would say Baltimore and Anne Arundel as with the rest of Maryland will follow suit with hugeRead More expenditures and little change. Baltimore actually blindly bought new books. As you point out we do not have the money for the resources to implement this and it does not address the rest of our issues, if anything it cuts resources in other areas. Another issue is computer vision syndrome which has yet to be addressed. Most people with any sense recognize we are doing a poor job of educating our children which means we need to kick out every superintendent in the state and their entire school administration as well as elect new BOE's. As to teachers you are correct we need to retrain them but you must recognize decades of poor quality education has left us with very few good teachers. In the end and sooner than later we may very well see many poor quality teachers leave the system but this is needed as well.
Donna Sudbrook February 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm
What I would like to understand better is the role of the County Executive/County Council and theRead More Governor, State Legislature, and Maryland Dept of Ed's directions in all of these changes. While the County BOE and School System educators may have certain legal authorities, I am wondering how much political pressure they are under from the County and/or the State who together fund the school operating and capital budgets.
David Levine February 25, 2014 at 06:15 pm
All I know is that every time I ask my children what they learned, they claim they are prepping forRead More the testing. The schools are more worried about coaching the kids to do well on the tests than about critical thinking or giving them the tools to perform problem solving. Shut down the board of education and start over looking at Finland and Singapore as models.
Maryellen Brady February 26, 2014 at 02:35 am
Teaching to the test is a problem in the public school system. But, it is more an attempt toRead More evaluate teachers than to learn about the progress children are making in classrooms. There is a better way, to know how schools are performing and it is the accreditation process. Where schools are actually visited, classrooms monitored by independent observers and material reviewed.
CeeCee March 12, 2014 at 07:14 pm
Understanding the Propaganda Campaign Against Public EducationRead More http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-ravitch/public-education_b_4941678.htm
Maryland State House
Maryellen Brady February 21, 2014 at 08:54 am
Our public education system is one of the most important aspects of our society. Jefferson said:Read More public education is the key to maintaining democracy. Lest we forget that democracies are some of the most short lived forms of self governance throughout history. As Jefferson also said that the govt "WE THE PEOPLE"must be the bulwark against WANNABE KINGS. Common Core is an attempt at corporatization of our public school system. An idea to create a school system that turns out kids like cookie cutters. A perceived threat to the freedom to learn, stretch and experiment in a safe environment for our kids. I will never forget what the Chinese ambassador said about the AM school system: a great aspect of AM schools is that they allow kids to grow, imagine and create. In China, the school systems are so disciplined and structured that children are stifled. A Chinese student entering ART school in BALTIMORE, said she was so excited to be studying in America because in China "we learn to stay within the lines'" . In America, I can draw and paint beyond the lines and set my imagination free to create. TEACHING is a profession, it is a career and demands respect. MD has a proven success record in challenging our kids to be the best they can be, to be unafraid to imagine or make mistakes. We cannot lose that creative aspect of public education that makes AMERICA unique. We've made mistakes and children have suffered between: Phonetics & sight reading, open classrooms which cost us a bundle to repair, No child left behind. We cannot afford to lose focus on what a school system is really all about: recruiting the best to teach the best "our kids".
CrunchyMama March 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Anyone who thinks that local districts haven't lost any power must not then be aware that theRead More Maryland Department of Education and Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent, have been pressuring schools to be sure that the MSA is administered this year, even though it tests a curriculum that is no longer taught, AND to force selected students/classes to undergo PARCC field testing (unpaid labor, anyone?). School systems are being pressured - forced, really - to kowtow to State policy, which is dictated by No Child Left Behind (Federal policy), and local schools and school districts have ZERO say in the matter. Where is my school system's power to make a decision that my children don't have to take tests that will not help their education in any way shape or form (teachers don't get back results they can use to fix problems!) but in fact are forced to either sit in the testing room and do NOTHING (if they refuse to take the tests, which they are doing unless we get leave to do otherwise) or stay home (which we have been told will NOT be excused). Where is the autonomy of my school system, Lillian Lowery? Where?!? You are a liar, plain and simple.
A Montgomery County career law officer has been tapped to head the Maryland Center for School Safety. File|Patch
Ed Kitlowski February 15, 2014 at 07:18 am
School discipline needs to have a legal perspective. For some reason, schools allow for studentRead More actions that if these actions occurred in a mall, would have legal consequences. Maybe this is why the students refer to their time outside of school as "the real world."
Maryland is first in the nation on Advanced Placement exams. Patch File Photo
Buzz Beeler February 13, 2014 at 12:00 am
Hey DD where is "College"? I never heard of that school. What did you do DD to serve yourRead More community? You have seven children? I see your intellectual abilities limit you to one sentence again. I thought you said you graduated from Purdue University and had a degree and worked as a mining engineer in Mexico? I thought you served in three wars overseas and spoke six languages. You did this while having seven children? Amazing! Where is all that evidence you promised to e-mail me on your great accomplishments? I have been waiting a long time. I thought you were contacting NY. Where is that letter? All mouth, no action. By the way, back then it took a 70% grade to make it into the academy. Sadly they had to lower the standards.
Buzz Beeler February 13, 2014 at 01:31 am
I guess DD has nothing to say or better yet e-mail me.
Buzz Beeler February 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Give me a number and I'll turn myself in. Then I would get to see who DD is because if you file aRead More complaint you must provide identification. The mail must be really slow from NY. I was just in touch with them and people will now notice that the graphics on the Dundalk page have been fixed. The right hand side of the page no longer contains the same news item repeatedly. DD should I surrender and plead mercy? You do have a way a deflecting from the topic don't you.
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