by Sheila Cohen | Jun 22, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Education Opinion
We’ve all seen the heartbreaking scenes of parents being arrested along our country’s southern border as their sobbing and traumatized children are stripped from their mothers’ protective arms and taken away by border patrol agents. These children were sent to detention facilities that look like prisons, complete with chain-link fencing and locked gates.
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by Terry Cowgill | Jun 15, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion
It’s a phenomenon like few others I can think of. Let’s say you know someone who opened a school and staffed it with “teachers” who may or may not know much about their subjects and offer few opportunities for the students to interact with one another. And let’s say the teachers aren’t required to report student attendance and the place isn’t even evaluated regularly to make sure a proper learning environment is maintained.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Homeschooling In CT: As Usual, It Takes A Tragedy To Make Change" »
by Terry Cowgill | May 4, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Nonprofits | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol
It was the last thing anyone wanted to worry about. With our roads and bridges crumbling and Connecticut a step or two away from the the brink of insolvency, officials now have to concern themselves with the viability of the Connecticut’s 12 community colleges.
The decision of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting agency, to reject a plan to merge the colleges into one accredited organization has thrown the system into chaos and uncertainty. Click here to read the letter from NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning.
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by Sheila Cohen | Mar 7, 2018 4:30pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Opinion | Education Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety
Most college acceptance letters start with the words, “It is with great pleasure.”
Not Alex Schachter’s.
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by Barth Keck | Feb 15, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | CT Tech Junkie | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Public Health | Seymour
What’s good for schools in France is good for at least one school in Connecticut.
Next fall, all French schools will ban cell phones for students 15 and younger because “children don’t play at break time anymore; they are just all in front of their smartphones, and from an educational point of view, that’s a problem,” said Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer.
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by Kevin Lu | Feb 5, 2018 6:29am
Posted to: Equality | Opinion | Education Opinion | Millennial Voices | Youth Journalism
Last summer, the governor of Rhode Island signed RI S0439, titled “All Students Count Act”, into law. However, the title of the act is woefully misleading. By “all students”, this bill actually aims solely to subdivide the already diminutive three percent “Asian” student body into a plethora of new categories determined by “ethnic divisions.”
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by Barth Keck | Feb 1, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Courts | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Poverty | Hartford
William Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows” — a quote that has morphed into the modern adage, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”
The Jan. 17 Connecticut Supreme Court decision overturning Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukhawser’s ruling on public education is a case in point.
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by Jason Courtmanche | Oct 17, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion
Each fall I take first-year students interested in English education on field trips to museums in Connecticut. Last year, on a trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum, several students expressed surprise at the loveliness of the area — the Wadsworth, City Hall, the Public Library, the under construction Hartford Times building, even Bushnell Park in view in the distance from Wells Street or Gold Street. I concurred, and asked if any of them had ever been to the Wadsworth before. All shook their heads no. Then I asked if any of them had ever been to Hartford before, and, again, all of them said no. One young woman said her parents claimed it was too dangerous. Several others said they had heard the same thing.
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by Barth Keck | Oct 13, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Education Cost Sharing | Pensions | Brooklyn | Haddam | Killingworth | Plainfield | Torrington
The ongoing state budget mess in Hartford has implications beyond the fiscal fallout at the state level. As my colleague Terry Cowgill outlined last week, the future could be bleak for many of Connecticut’s towns if the state ends up foisting drastic changes upon Connecticut’s public schools.
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by Chelsea Schonvisky | Oct 5, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Manchester
I am fortunate to work in a school district that prides itself on being one of the most diverse in Connecticut. Our school is home to students from all over the world, with over 30 different languages spoken at home. Many of our students are learning English as a second language, often starting that process when they arrive. As this happens more across this country, as educators, we need to ask ourselves: Are our teachers ACTUALLY prepared to support the needs of students who come to our schools with varying levels of English proficiency? This past year, I began to really consider this question.
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