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High school seniors will make one of the most important decisions of their lives when they choose a college. Blogger Arielle Hines, who was in their shoes not so long ago, offers some guidance.
Joseph Borrajo July 22, 2014 at 06:21 pm
The quality education we provide our children translates into progress. P3
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Michigan juniors continue to increase their ACT and Michigan Merit Exam scores and the Michigan Department of Education credits the Michigan Merit Curriculum for their success. (Patch File Photo)
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Lee Jacobsen July 10, 2014 at 12:59 am
Teachers and teacher pay are indeed based on taxation, but year round school does not raiseRead More teacher's pay. They get an annual salary, they are not paid 'by the month'. The operation of school buildings is a fixed cost, and will be there whether the building is utilized or not. With many adult programs in session, they are already being used anyway. Talk about a weak argument for against year round school, "these are kids, who do deserve the time to be kids" You are kidding, right? The rest of the world is moving ahead, we need to play 'catch up'. The variable that compares American students to the rest of the world has remained constant, so the old ploy of other's country kids being hand picked is also a constant. Against that constant, in math for example, American kids have slipped in math from 8th to 32nd in the world. What has worked in education? Competition.Parent involvement. Parents, who control the state mandated school monies, are comparing schools, and sending their kids to the best ones. If the public schools can't do the job, aka Detroit, then charter schools are formed to fill the void. 34% of charter schools don't meet state standards. That's pretty good considering that 71% of public schools don't meet the same standards, and the Charter schools are usually in the most needed areas, where the public schools have failed. Finally, get rid of tenure. All it does is protect 'drone' teachers, most who have lost the desire to teach, and are just biding their time until retirement. A tenured teacher is almost impossible to fire for inept performancde. New , fresh idea teachers are always the first to be fired or laid off. Teachers should be the same as athletes , paid by merit, and should be able to negotiate their own contracts. Without good teachers, our kids won't learn. If you have a 'drone' teaching 3rd grade, and your kid is in the class, you will not be a happy camper. Again, time for year round school, and catch up to the rest of the world.
Mr Colombo July 18, 2014 at 02:45 pm
The issue is not that there is not enough school days - the issue is a mediocre educationalRead More curriculum that has no stability and consistency and the mediocre instruction. Singapore consistently ranks at the top of any world wide assessment of education - and the average Singapore student only attends 180 days of school - nearly the same as the average US school (with MI having 170 days as required by legislation) http://www.parentinginthedigitalage.com/2010/12/do-more-school-days-mean-better-test-scores/ Fix the curriculum and provide some consistency and stability and especially address the mediocre instruction - and educational standards will improve.
Rhan Barnett July 18, 2014 at 08:47 pm
I concur.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has named a minor planet after Detroit Country Day Schools junior Michael Shao, shown here at a 2013 science fair. (Photo submitted)
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Should one of these always be included in school lunches? (Patch file photo)
Lisa Howard June 18, 2014 at 03:46 pm
I bet the talented culinary students in our AMAZING Schoolcraft College program could solve this oneRead More for us and run it, too...
Racer Boy June 21, 2014 at 11:48 pm
Well, they certainly could run it....except for one thing...they aren't Union.
T as in Truth June 23, 2014 at 04:31 am
We need the lunch lady....with the knee high stockings and orthopedic shoes!
An end-of-the-year ceremony at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills was cancelled after pranks went too far, the school's president wrote in a letter to parents. (Patch file photo)
Susie Hensoldt May 31, 2014 at 08:51 am
The mom's should be ashamed of themselves!
Susie Hensoldt June 1, 2014 at 08:21 am
My 24 year old daughter says, the girls don't need a prank day! They are in school to learn notRead More vandalize !
Gail Soave June 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
It is regrettable that the punishment for the "Crime" went way beyond just the seniorsRead More responsible for the prank. To me it was as mean spirited as the part of the prank that was deemed mean spirited.
A scene from “Wedding Crashers” (starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, shown here) may have inspired the use of Visine eye drops in a "prank" that sickened a Michigan school teacher. (Screenshot: YouTube video, New Line Cinema’s “Wedding Crashers.")
K. Scott May 30, 2014 at 06:20 pm
You're correct Nikki, but Hollywood? come on, that's a cop out and lame. This has been going on forRead More a long time with the eye drops, I learned it over 25 years ago. It's a shame that teachers get treated like this. I feel very badly for her.
Joseph Borrajo May 31, 2014 at 08:43 am
Serious matter that needs to be addressed in the strongest terms. P3
Racer Boy June 1, 2014 at 07:42 am
Finally, a School Board with a no-nonsense approach to discipline. I applaud the FowlervilleRead More school system.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
A Rochester mom thinks asking kids to curb their desire to win games at an upcoming elementary school field day sends kids the wrong message.
Luther's Fan May 30, 2014 at 11:13 am
No Bob, I think others are missing the point. No one is against competition. But does everythingRead More have to be a competition. Life's not about one-upping everyone you meet. If kids want to compete have some activities for that. If they just want to chill and hang out, let um. They've been doing organized, controlled activity all year. Let um have a rest if they want.
Henry Schultz May 30, 2014 at 01:59 pm
This is not a black and white issue. I have coached kids for 28 years and there is a way to seeRead More gain and have a positive experience in winning and losing. Each practice and contest give parents, coaches, and teachers an opportunity to teach life lessons and help kids in their path to adulthood. The question should not be about competition it should be what are the adults organizing the competition doing to insure that everyone has a positive experience. I have had undefeated seasons which are fun to be a part of but as an educator the most profound experiences I have had with kids is when I have seen astonishing growth. Learning from losses, challenging athletes to better themselves, and overcoming their fears is what sports and competitions should be about.
Cheryl Junker May 31, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Hmm...I guess its no surprise that this conversation has persisted this long. To me this soundsRead More like a battle of adult egos, arrested development, if you will. Everyone meets their challenge or wall at some point. For some it is school, for others, college or sports. Teaching children tenacity is far more important than emphasizing winning. Yes, the world is competitive. Some competiititions are self induced and others culturall. However, there are just as many requirements for cooperation within organizations and communities. If we continually emphasize winning, we lose sight of the big picture and our responsibilities as citizens and leaders for the generations following. What kind of world do we want our children to inherit? Are there not times in which pulling our resources and working together benefits everyone? Have we strayed so far as to not recognize the intrinsic value of friendships and teamwork? I doubt very much that Microsoft or Apple would have come this far if the entire organizations were comprised of Bill Gates clones or rooms filled with Steve Jobs. Remember, it takes a village to raise a child. And so it goes for organizations, communities and countries. Divided we fall!
This screenshot of video shows a 10-year-old boy trying to free his torso from the open back of a chair.
johnakamen May 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm
my buddy's step-aunt makes $82/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for 10 months but lastRead More month her paycheck was $18010 just working on the computer for a few hours. read this………… www.mumjob.com
Bob May 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm
K Scott - u r a moron....nuff said....
Robert June 3, 2014 at 04:52 pm
Fire her, put her in Jail, take everything away from this piece of human garbage. Her apology isRead More worthless
George Heitsch will lead Farmington Public Schools.
Kayla West May 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Mr. Colombo has no clue about the incredible talent we have in our educational staff. Very sad toRead More see bashing like this. There's just no place for it in our community. My kids are lucky to have had the teachers and administrators they've had through the years. Our support staff deserves big kudos too.
Mr Colombo May 12, 2014 at 01:09 pm
OK Kayla West - I"ll grant you that there are some good teachers in the school district - everyRead More organization has good employees. But right here in this newsletter on Apr 23rd there was an article of top high schools in MI - and Farmington Hills is not in the top 20 in MI. If you go deeper into the results - at Farm. Cent High - 96% of students are not Math Proficient; at Farmington High - 59%; Harrison is 67% and N. Farmington it is 49%. Here is a better stat - when 31% of the kids in Harrison were tested for college readiness - i.e passing the 12th grade AP test - of the 31% only 23% passed - which means 77% were not ready or could possibly never be able to handle college. The 2013 report on state rankings of Am. Education published by the Am Legislative Exchange Council ranks MI 46th in our country - but the state gets a B- for education policy - which is great. So how can a state get good grades for education policy and yet be ranked so low? What this translates to is the poor quality of instruction - like I said - overall - Farmington Schools and the state of MI has an average public education system - there will always be the few bright stars - really good teachers, administrators, and students - but it is not consistent and it is not across the board. It is just average....
Tom Thumb May 25, 2014 at 10:28 am
North Farmington's downfall is a direct result of our last Administrator. North was one of theRead More leading schools in the country until Mr. Jones retired and they saw fit to bring in someone from the "outside". If this were a properly run organization and a business units numbers dropped like it has at North someone or a number of someones would be fired. As it goes with our educational system and the resin for its failing grades, no one is accountable. This is a crime on our kids!!!!!
This screenshot of the video, which has been posted on YouTube, reportedly shot by a Michigan teacher shows a 10-year-old boy with autism wiping tears as he tried to free himself from a classroom chair.
Chris Bayer May 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm
Interesting because I just read two days ago that a teacher in the Detroit school system was firedRead More from her job for breaking up a brutal fight between two boys in class. She was smaller than the boys and tried to break up the fight with her words... When that failed, she grabbed a broom and whacked them to stop the fight. But this teacher keeps her job? I just don't get it.
Kimber Bishop-Yanke May 24, 2014 at 07:48 am
This woman should never be allowed to work with children again. What kind of laws are in place toRead More be able to force a school district to let this woman have her job back.
Former 'X-Factor' contestant J Ryan is headlining the Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour, which will present three public concerts and related events this weekend in southeast Michigan. (Photo: "X-Factor")
Angela Rose Guerra May 3, 2014 at 04:58 pm
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johnakamen May 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm
my buddy's step-aunt makes $82/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for 10 months but lastRead More month her paycheck was $18010 just working on the computer for a few hours. read this………… www.mumjob.com
Gregory Thompson, a teacher at Farmington Public Schools' Longacre Elementary, is a finalist for the Governor's Fitness Award. (Photo: LinkedIn)
Michael Ritenour April 25, 2014 at 03:55 pm
Mr. Thompson is a great educator and member of the FPS and Lonacre teams, and certainly deservesRead More this honor. My congratulations to him, I hope he continues at Longacre for a good, long time!
Several Michigan Patch communities had schools in the Top 20. Check the list to see how your district fared. (Patch file photo)
Tamara April 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm
Northville is in Wayne County, but it does have a school and some of its students (like mine) comingRead More from Oakland County.
Tamara April 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm
Northville is in Wayne County, but it does have a school in, and some of its students (like mine)Read More coming from, Oakland County (Novi).
Josh Klein April 25, 2014 at 07:18 am
>No. 15 Northville High School, all in Oakland County. I should have been more clear. TheRead More article is incorrect. Northville High School is not in Oakland county.
How well do you think Michigan schools are performing? (Patch file photo)
Bob April 23, 2014 at 09:43 am
Not sure what everyone is smoking here.....i sit down EVERY nite w/ my daughter on her elementaryRead More homework. It is challenging and the school / teachers doing great job. She has art, fieldtrips, sports....will be well prepared for college...and yes, this is a public school. I am not a teacher like my parents...but I did go to Stanford and stayed at a holiday inn.
Tom Stroup April 23, 2014 at 10:39 am
So let me get this straight: The organization who supports this plan conducted their OWN poll andRead More found that the respondents like it? And the article suggests they had to explain the plan to each respondent? Did they explain the other 3 plans accurately? This article is just a way for this group to get some positive publicity for THEIR plan. Lets have an honest and open debate on all 4 plans and see which is best...
Krista Quick-Curtis April 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm
Unfortunately, Common Core is a total takeover by the federal government of our education sys. ItRead More doesn't improve student achievement & our children are ginny pigs in this whole new curriculum that has never been tested. A red flag for me is when something is done behind closed doors & parents & teachers are not involved. Money was dangled over the states heads without anyone knowing what it really was. I don't believe in one size fits all. My kids learn at their own pace & there is nothing wrong with that. Common core is entirely experimental, no state has ever tested it. Don't fool yourselves, this is going to cost a lot! Teachers will no longer be able to teach as they know best, they will just be reading a script. There is so much more. Please, we need people to be open to hearing what is really going on. This affects all of us!
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