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T-Bone April 8, 2014 at 05:10 pm
Exactly Bonnie, another reason Oxford doesn't need people like this on the Board of Education: ItRead More costs us money!
Citizen X April 8, 2014 at 05:53 pm
Can't we make Oxford Carb free?
boig kuhuna April 8, 2014 at 08:18 pm
Gentlemen and Board of Education; Please sit down and talk this out and shake hands. Then get backRead More to running the Oxford school system and use this as a civic lesson.
Craig Zac March 19, 2014 at 08:13 am
Model Preschoolers? what like kids who don't cry all night or don't fuss when your feeding them? lolRead More
C-HIT campers work on their stories in the UConn journalism lab.
JudithAnn March 16, 2014 at 09:41 am
I would love to know just what us being taught to journalists today. Do they cover things likeRead More "Biased reporting 101" or "Never Insert yourself or your personal views into your reporting" or make sure you verify both sides of an issue with at least 3 credible sources?" Or most important : you are the advocats of The People first and always seek the truth whether or not it's what you the reporter wants to believe or your editor wants you to write. Just curious.
Kate Farrish March 17, 2014 at 08:40 am
I teach journalism at UConn and at these workshops for high school students. I can tell you that myRead More students are taught to leave themselves and their opinions out of stories, to generally verify information with at least two credible sources, to interview people on all sides of an issue and that their aim is to serve the public. Thank you for your interest.
Tom March 18, 2014 at 05:26 pm
Maybe they could tackle the subject of whether it is ethical and legal to have gender-specificRead More programs that exclude one sex for another in publicly funded schools which are geared toward cariculum in the sciences. Nothing like picking and choosing winners and violating civil rights at the same time..
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Linda C March 27, 2014 at 11:16 am
James you have just proved my point. Of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers, just as anyRead More statement doesn't always apply to ALL! However I am stating FACTS and it does apply to more than it should; but just the mentioning of a Fact has you feeling uncomfortable. Ergo that is exactly why the problems will never be addressed; because the mere mention of it makes you feel guilty, uncomfortable and or insecure about discussing it! And the so Called Community Leaders are counting on just that!
James Bond April 10, 2014 at 10:42 am
Linda, Sorry to react to your post so late,I was away( not prison ). I reacted to what you saidRead More earlier about unwed mothers. To which you had no disclaimer because it said unwed mothers only. Now you say," of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers".To me you're the one sounding like you want it both ways and that sounds more like our fumbling politicans,than my post. That said, I do understand where you're coming from and posts are not the easiest way to state it sometimes.Your attack on how I feel is unwarrented just because I pointed out a flaw in your post. Sorry about that hope to hear from you soon.
Linda C April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm
James glad you found your way home lol. I truly wasn't trying to attack your comment, merely tryingRead More to clear up the confusion on my earlier posting. In a nut shell James, we are (as tax payers) being forced to pay for whatever little program pops in their heads. Unfortunately the ones already in place aren't cancelled, it's just a process of adding more and more programs that have been proven not to work, as well as picking up the pieces of those who aren't doing their jobs. I'm all for helping, but lets find out what works, along with squashing those that don't - not double programs only to find out none work!! Enjoy whatever up and coming holiday you chose to celebrate. Not sure about you, but I'm not finding this new improved Patch as stimulating as when it was more focused on our individual town issues, so haven't been on much either!
Graphic by Aaron Boyd.
B Miller March 4, 2014 at 02:35 pm
Congratulations to Oxford’s Great Oak Middle and Quaker Farms School’s for achievingRead More Excelling status! Great job by all.
State Rep. Larry Cafero, a Norwalk Republican and Minority Leader in the state House of Representatives, says he wants a public hearing on Common Core education standards. (Photo from Cafero's official statehouse website)
Danielle Bolliger April 1, 2014 at 09:14 am
I also came across this yesterday. There are 3 videos. The third one is a very concerned parentRead More from Arkansas. I hope more parents stand up to get rid of Common Core. http://patriotaction.net/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%3ATopic%3A6635270&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
How about actually going to the Common Core website to find out what the CC Standards are? ThatRead More parent in Arkansas is an idiot. She's complaining about the Singapore math curriculum--it has nothing to do with the implementation of Common Core. Common Core does not specify the use of any of the techniques, procedures, methods or formulas that people like the Arkansas mother are complaining about.
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
Please read the standards: http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/
Board of Ed member and former assistant wrestling coach Gerard Carbonaro. Patch File Photo
kathy johnson February 20, 2014 at 10:46 am
If in fact the town has been named in a law suit it will have no choice but to spend taxpayer moneyRead More to address the aligations. This is not George Temples falt. Maybe the law suit should not have been filed at all.
Jason Kessler February 21, 2014 at 10:12 am
Is it no wonder that this town is such a mess politically? First you have a self-proclaimedRead More “Coach”, who from what I can ascertain is coach of nothing, who is little more than an overgrown schoolboy/playground bully that the town elects to the board of education. Then you have Kathy Johnson who is continually reminding us not only here, but on other Patch boards around the state, that she once held the highest elected position in this town (a fact that I had to independently verify to believe) who is constantly airing her “dirty laundry” and doing so at the expense of the English language. What possessed you to call out a “close friend” in the Oxford Patch comment section instead of just picking up the phone as you suggested that Peter should have done? “go ahead bring it on and make my day.” Really? You a big Clint Eastwood fan? I understand that the “grammar police” are not very popular on message boards but as a former “highest elected official” in this town I think you should be held to a higher standard. Your last message really pushed me over the edge. “law suit”? (lawsuit). alications?? (allegations). Temples? (Temple’s) falt?? (fault). By continually reminding everyone of your previously elected position but not taking the time write like a former first selectman you are not only embarrassing yourself – but this town. “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.” (Multiple attributions including George Eliot, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Proverbs)
kathy johnson February 21, 2014 at 04:26 pm
Jason I thought I might point out an omission in one of your perfectly grammatically correctRead More sentences which should read as follows. By continually reminding everyone of your previously elected position but not taking the time TO write like a former first selectman you are not only embarrassing yourself - but this town. Just thought I would take the time to point out your error. Maybe you should proof read before you post your comment. I am not going to argue with you over my grammar as you are correct I should be more careful. This will be my last post on this thread not because I care what you happen to think of me but because it is time to put this subject to rest. By the way you forgot this old saying "silence is golden".
A snowy road in Connecticut, filtered in Instagram. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Justin Che Wilkin January 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Gary Jeanfaivre: Please change the date to January 3rd, please, it's not the 4th tomorrow.
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) January 2, 2014 at 11:23 pm
Thanks for noting that, Justin. I've made the correction.
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TRIXY TRUTHSEEKER January 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm
Only five years…. that is really all you EVER have to raise your child with your ideals, likeRead More and dislikes, teach them manners, respect, and most importantly love. Don't have them if you can't afford to at least be home with them in those most important, first 5 to 6 years. It's when their personality is developed. There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE in children that are actually raised by their own mother and not dropped off at a florescent lighted, germ infested, poorly staffed by strangers,... KENNEL. Many of these daycare kennels are staffed with people that can't get employment at anything else. The thing is, they make no investment in your little one. Children NEED LOVE AND AFFECTION! These strangers are not allowed to give love or affection! They feed, change diapers, but they don't LOVE them. I have had these children at my home over the years. Many, I call daycare drones. They have a blank expression on their face and no personality. Yes, it's tough not having two incomes and not having our own money for that great bag or pair of designer shoes... We may not have had the great new SUV'S or the winter ski and spring Island trips. We didn't have all the latest and greatest gadgets. We didn't have cleaning ladies and we didn't have lots of take out or trips out to dinner. We did have pizza on Friday nites, an occasional movie and trips to the skating rink and sunny days at the lake and the beach, museums, amusement parks and even the library. My husband and I read to our kids all the time when they were small. We raised our children. They are our children! You can teach them their abc's at home and teach them to write their name. You can share an apple, a hug and a nap with them too! They are the most precious gift; so many people try so hard to have a child and can't. Why would you trust a stranger with them??By first grade they will be well adjusted and ready for social schooling. Remember, your children won't remember the car you drove, or the great pair of boots you gave them when they are 25… They will remember coming first in your life before all the "stuff" that we think we need. Give your time and your love at least the first 5 or 6 years and trust me, a mother of really great kids, it's worth it's weight in gold.
kathy johnson February 3, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Bravo! Trixy My boys are age 39 and 41. I learned this the hard way. The years pass all tooRead More quickly. Like many young mothers my whole life revolved around the uninportant things. Guess what wether they get all day kindergarden or four hours of homework every night
kathy johnson February 3, 2014 at 02:07 pm
does not matter. What matters is the time you spend as a family. They learn anyway.
Oxford High School. Credit: Town of Oxford
Mark Adams December 18, 2013 at 07:58 pm
No to "Common Core" teachings that's for sure... says this parent of Kindergartener &Read More 2nd Grader
dan crowley December 19, 2013 at 08:45 am
I couldn't agree more with Mr.Adams on this. As a father of a pre schooler and a kindergartener andRead More a veteran that proudly served I fought for freedom not an overbearing government presence in our daily lives. I am quite disappointed in the Oxford school system for implementing common core. With that said, I do feel full day would be beneficial but without distorted teaching and the loss of pride in our country.
Lori Flick December 19, 2013 at 07:01 pm
Once the State of CT signed on to Common Core all the 169 cities and towns became responsible forRead More implementing the curriculum change. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-04-28/common-core-education/54583192/1 "All but four states — Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia — quickly signed on to the standards, known as the Common Core, agreeing to help create then implement them by 2014. Their decision was helped partly by President Obama, who has tied "college and career-ready standards" to billions in federal grants. Last September, he all but required adoption of the Common Core or similar standards approved by state higher education officials if states want to receive federal waivers from the 2002 No Child Left Behind law." Now the grants are gone and the taxpayers are holding the bills.
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