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How well do you think Michigan schools are performing? (Patch file photo)
Tamara April 23, 2014 at 01:18 am
Agreed Joan - please check out this FB page: Northville MI Parents for Educational Excellence
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...
Several meetings are scheduled for next week for the Office of Civil Rights to gather information.
joe smoe April 8, 2014 at 09:17 am
Why is not the Dept. Of Justice not on national news and getting involved with the Detroit raceRead More crime of the one white man getting beat beyond recognition by 10 - 12 black men last week? Eric Holder, where are you? We know if this incident were a black man being beaten by a mob of non-blacks, you and your bosses, the liar obama, and the race baiters - al sharpton and jesse jackson would be on nightly news, spewing their venom. You guys and your agendas are jokes. Glaring, bad jokes.
Prometheus April 8, 2014 at 10:19 am
Sharpton is too busy snitching on his "brothers" to the FBI.
art April 8, 2014 at 04:38 pm
I am shocked that the DOJ would think this University of Political Correctness would do anything toRead More harm anyone.
The Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended distribution to Dearborn public school students of a flyer promoting an upcoming Easter egg hunt because the event does not have a religious component. (Patch file photo)
Dale Behler April 8, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Daniel.....I doesn't seem that you have read all the comments on here. The concern of most peopleRead More is not so much whether or not to allow religious content in public schools as it is allowing preferential treatment of one religion (Muslims in Dearborn), while strictly enforcing restrictions against similar special accommodations for other religions (usually Christians). It's a matter of having equal treatment for all religions, not just one.
Michael Matigian April 8, 2014 at 06:52 pm
We All need to remember to get out and Vote !!!! That is our only tool Vote and May God Bless allRead More of us
laplateau April 8, 2014 at 07:44 pm
Daniel...what an ignoramus. Your comment brilliantly illuminates what you so rudely label as lack ofRead More mental capabilities. You not only did not take the time to read all forgoing comments, but you have no understanding of whatsoever of the first amendment to our constitution...which plainly says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Do you REALLY think that applies to this issue? Try reading a bit...like the constitution itself, also the the plethora of writings by our founding fathers. In doing so, you might just be able to avert sounding as if yousuffering from a lack of mental capabilities in the future.
A firestorm erupted on Twitter last week after some Howell teens sent racially charged Tweets after a basketball game.
Art March 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm
jackie miller, was that suppose to be funny, or was that statement just a dumb as you are?
roger hawrylicz March 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I'm thinking this Art is a little unbalanced with the way he expresses himself,lol! I can just seeRead More this little twit hunched over his keyboard with saliva foaming at the corners of his mouth while he bangs away at the letters. What a loon!!
jackie miller March 28, 2014 at 10:18 am
Art, you are what you want to be, so keep being ignorant. You do are doing a great job at it...LOL
Howell High School student Cassie Bondie defended her school and her community in a letter to the editor. The bottom line: This isn't who we are, she said. (Photo: Howell Main Four student publication)
stephanie pytlowanyj March 22, 2014 at 06:56 am
No, I don't believe this is going to end for a while. The school district is taking care of theRead More problem, however somehow this issue got brought to the media's attention which is fueling the fire. Hoping for the students the issue gets out of the media and back within the school district for them to continue to deal with. The tweets occurred surrounding a school activity and the school should be allowed to take care of it, out of the glare of the media.
Since the 1970s, Ferndale schools have given employment preference to non-Christians as a matter of policy. That has changed, and state Rep. Tim Kelly wants to know why. (Patch file photo)
beasleytwigs March 21, 2014 at 12:14 am
Was this language in the contract with teachers??? If not where was it written.
Julie Vruggink March 21, 2014 at 09:25 am
Sadly it appears as some levels of discrimination will remain. This is wrong at every level.
michael.a.travis March 21, 2014 at 01:01 pm
I attended Ferndale Schools K-12 (1979 grad) and had many excellent (and a few poor) teachers, bothRead More Christian and Jewish. At Wilson Elementary, 4 of my 7 teachers there were Jewish. I remember thinking (as a 2nd grader) that teachers always had different holidays in October than we students did! (I too would like to know why that clause would be in a school employment contract.)
Howell school officials say "four or five" students sent racially charged Tweets after the school's all-white team beat a predominantly black team in state basketball playoffs. The students face "corrective action." (Patch file photo)
Sue Burstein March 20, 2014 at 08:47 am
Considering the "hitler" reference in the tweet, I would suggest that a field trip the theRead More Holocaust Museum in FH would be appropriate. I agree with those who have concerns about freedom of speech. So, rather than trying to undermine a basic freedom in this country and apply it willy nilly using the "diversity" card - "intimidation" card - or any of the PC cards, let's give these kids an up front kick in the arse about what this kind of thinking promotes. The Holocaust, anti-Semitism and racial intolerence doesn't just happen. It runs deep, and is taught somewhere. So teach what happens from it when a group is singled out. On the other hand, I supported the nazis right to march in Skokie, I support Farakhan's right to make all his anti-Semetic remarks, I support speech that I loathe...becuase if I don't , who will support my rights under the 1st amendment. That is far more important in this country than some stupid teenagers' tweets.
Blogger Zod March 22, 2014 at 01:01 am
Freedom is not free, keep that in mind. you have rights and obligations as well. the students haveRead More the rights to say what they want, and the school deserve the rights to punish those students for inappropriate behaviors especially to matters related to the school, in this case ( game). I think people misuse the constitution time and time over, if i'm not mistaken I think the constitution states that all men are created equal (no mention of race) and it was writen in the 18th century but up until 1964 some people in this country were denied minimum rights. the person who wrote the bible and the person who reads the bible cannot have the same interpretation of the bible, so in the same context we can interpret the constitution as we like. bottom line is that if we allow the white students to tweet racist nonsense and the black students respond ...guess the rest. Americans==hypocrites , we need to practice what we preach not just when it suit us. else we should stop calling ourselves free-world and other nonsense.
Sherry Spehar March 23, 2014 at 09:53 am
The longer the Press can drag this out,the longer they think that they can sell more papers.I guessRead More they are short on material.
O'Doul's has trace alcohol content of less than .05 percent, but it's against the law to serve it our other "near beers" to minors in the state of Michigan. (Photo: Anheuser-Busch)
Bill March 19, 2014 at 07:14 am
Teachers who think outside the box tend to be the ones who connect with the children and keep theirRead More interest. Could she have used better judgement, and read the label - probably. But in her defense, here's a marketing line for O'Doul's: "O'Doul's is a premium non-alcoholic beer. O'Doul's Amber offers the same non-alcohol benefits with a richer look and taste." False advertising...? Also, have you looked at the ingredients of some of the meds we give our kids? Does this lapse of judgement warrant a misdemeanor or any other discipline - no. Hey, I bet the kids remember the lesson!
stephanie pytlowanyj March 19, 2014 at 11:13 am
This is old news from over 2 weeks ago; does the media just need something "controversial"Read More to report? On a side note, check the alcohol content in cough syrup. Here's a site to see what you and/or your child are ingesting: http://www.mssny.org/mssnycfm/mssnyeditor/File/CPH/AlcoholContent.pdf
Stacy Paalanen March 19, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Parents have control over the meds they give their kids, a teacher would not be making that decisionRead More without you, so that is not really a comparison; it is probably why there were no official complaints made to the school though.
A student-led learning project at Grosse Pointe South High School was featured on CNN Monday.
The Village Malcontent March 11, 2014 at 09:16 am
Love how the question is posed. Discuss: ... sounds like an essay question on a final exam.Read More Students should not be allowed to become independent thinkers because there are students who do not wish to engage in such independence in school due to a myriad of social problems which public schools are expected to fix. Ultimately those who take such initiative would be considered elitist and it would have to be discouraged, or stopped altogether. Independence is not what pubic education is about. Public schools are about everyone getting offered the same thing for the sake of equity. We have been watching before our very eyes how equity in education is playing out on the world stage as American students fall farther and farther behind in terms of performance in international measures. There are commercials advertising how far behind U.S. students are in math, offering tutoring but that private business model is not one that should be encouraged either because it leaves students behind. All for one and one for all.
Abigail Warren March 11, 2014 at 06:04 pm
I am student at Grosse Pointe South that is currently involved in this 20Time project. I do respectRead More your outlook and opinion on this project however, I strongly disagree with your take. Many have seen that school in fact, kills creativity. Our society has taught us teenagers that the only way to succeed is to go to school, study, and get good grades but, not every student has the ability to do so. Not every student has the best grades. Not every student can take a test. We are all different human beings. And we all have different talents. School kills those unique, individual talents that teenagers have. School for teenagers revolves around one simple thing, grades. We focus on how we think our teachers want us to answer a certain essay topic, how our teachers want us to answer a question they've asked, or the certain way they want us to learn. We never think how we, individually, want to write an essay, or how we want to answer a question, or how we want to learn. We've been taught that there's only one way. We are rarely allowed to be creative throughout school. I do think that the basic courses like math, science, history, and English are all important. But not al of us are strong in math. Not all of us get straight A's in our science courses. Not all of us can memorize history and the specific dates that a certain event occurred on. Not all of us can write to the level that we are expected to be able to. Want to know why? Because we are all different, and all have our individual ways of learning. We don't all want to grow up to be the stereotypical doctor, or the meteorologist, or the anthropologist. We all have different experiences in life that we go through that lead us in all different directions of career choices. You state, "Students should not be allowed to become independent thinkers because there are students who do not whish to engage in independence in school due to myriad of social problems which public schools are expected to fix." Independence and individually does not have to have any social aspect. Individually means to think on ones own. To take a different thinking logic than another may have. Independence teaches us to not conform to our surroundings. This 20Time project is one of the most inspiring projects I have ever been involved in. For once in my high school career it allows me to do something that I actually want to achieve in my life, not something that I am told to achieve in my life. As Ken Robinson said, “The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” So before you rule out the independence level in school, try and look at where us students outlook on it. Studies from CPE state that us students spend up to 900-1,000 hours of school per year. Why is it so frowned upon for our school to take 1 hour per week in which we spend dedicating it to something that us students actually wanting to pursue?
The Village Malcontent March 11, 2014 at 08:50 pm
Abigail Warren, whether you see it or not, we agree. Public education kills creativity becauseRead More though everyone is very different public education expects everyone to achieve in the same way and if some are able to achieve more than others they are discouraged or accused of having unfair advantages while those who can't achieve in the same way are pushed until they can usually by lowering the standards so everyone can land in this middle which is why we can't compete on the world education front very well. We have students who aren't qualified to attend elite universities for the sake of equity and social justice. They get there but do they say and at what cost to their own self esteem? Do reread the essay question because it asks very specifically to discuss public education which is the antithesis of individuality.
Jimmy Kimmel's "Suit of the Loom" was made almost entirely with Rainbow Looms contributed by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Schools students in Farmington Hills, MI. (Photo: Screenshot, YouTube video)
al carter March 1, 2014 at 09:08 am
What a great story of true compassion and how a simple gesture grew to wonderful results!
Susie Hensoldt March 1, 2014 at 09:54 am
That is wonderful! God Bless the OLS students and everyone involved in this beautiful story!
anne powder March 1, 2014 at 05:16 pm
This is the kind of news people want to hear. The journalist should have included who the staff areRead More that encouraged these kids to be so generous. Staff like that make a difference in kids' lives.
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.
blue March 3, 2014 at 05:44 pm
Was the room designed for autistic children? That chair has a very large opening in the back. ARead More Montessori school designs the classroom with the utmost importance. In fact, teachers don't even have a desk in the classroom. A while back I remember seeing fifth graders sitting on Swiss balls in their classroom. What's wrong with figuring out the logistics before the beginning of the school year.
Sherry Spehar March 3, 2014 at 05:57 pm
I like Blue's comments.If this child was frustrated like this,he probably would have found anotherRead More way to act out.It takes an exceptional teacher to deal with autistic children.I am sure that I am not patient enough to do this.The original teacher should have called for backup if she felt overwhelmed .
Bob March 10, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Dispicable...."teacher" has no empathy...should choose another profession.....terrible....
Opponents to a bond issue before Grosse Pointe Public Schools Tuesday, Feb. 25, say the district is asking for too much. School officials say it's necessary to improve students' education. (Patch file photo)
MaryLynn Bertetto March 4, 2014 at 08:10 am
Hey 1% Can u explain the Dr outlaw situation to me? I can't get the straight story.
Ralph March 6, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Hey Love the Pointes, I'm glad you talked to the chief and got his standard line ... you mustRead More believe him. Now try talking to Sgt. Almeranti or some of the other officers who know the real story. As far as I'm concerned the K9 is just another public safety tool like a gun that stays in an officer's holster 99% of the time or a fire truck that sits in a garage forever. Why does K9 have to be it's own profit center why everything else in the department does not? The difference with K9 is that there are people who are willing to pay for it and the city manager and chief do not want their money! Why is that? Why didn't the chief bill the other Grosse Pointes to share the expenses - the old chief did. Why did the chief IMMEDIATELY mothball the K9 car? He says it's old and useless but I guarantee you that if Raleigh had not died he would still be riding around in the old Crown Vic! Now the chief can say that he can't afford $50,000 for a new K9 SUV! Yes, I've heard the chief's arguments and they are all nonsense. I know what is really going on but I'll let you do your homework. What you'll find is typical, disgusting GP politics!
Marlene Pierce March 21, 2014 at 08:33 am
There is a new tech survey, to plan the direction of the next bond request and/or tech spending inRead More the schools. Please take it!!!! Expires March 27!! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GPPSSTechPlanningSurvey
Cold weather has led to the closure of schools Tuesday.
Aj January 28, 2014 at 06:37 am
This is too much. Are there really so many people in GP that don't have cars that they cannot driveRead More their students to school? Moreover, who walks to toddler and nursery centers? Do our children seriously not own winter clothes such that they cannot be outside for any length of time?
MaryLynn Bertetto January 29, 2014 at 06:47 am
Amen!! I think it is more about teachers not wanting to make the cold, and sometimes long, drive in.
File photo.
Cathy January 24, 2014 at 08:20 am
Interesting that neither WJR.COM, nor Channel 7 shows GP schools closed today. Are you sure?
Anne January 24, 2014 at 09:32 am
GP Public Schools are actually closed due to end of card marking..this has been on the calendarRead More since the beginning of the year.