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September 19, 2018

OP-ED | Banned Books? Not So Much in Connecticut

by Barth Keck | Sep 19, 2018 7:59pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Education | FOIA | Media Matters | Opinion | Education Opinion | White House | Brookfield | Manchester | Stonington

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What’s a public library to do when a patron offers to donate a copy of Bob Woodward’s recent bestseller Fear, an account of dysfunction in the Trump White House? Why, it politely declines the offer, of course.

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June 19, 2018

Enfield Tries New Strategy To Battle Opioid Epidemic

by Jack Kramer | Jun 19, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Enfield | Manchester

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ENFIELD, CT — Many ideas have been tried to stem the drug crisis that took more than 1,000 lives in Connecticut in 2017. The latest is an innovative version of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” being tried in the town of Enfield.

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June 5, 2018

Spartan Aerospace Shows Off F-35 Simulator in Manchester

by Jack Kramer | Jun 5, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | CT Tech Junkie | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | White House | Manchester | Manufacturing Sector

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MANCHESTER, CT — Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II interactive cockpit demonstrator was the highlight of a Spartan Aerospace press conference Monday to demonstrate the fighter jet’s stealth technology and the positive impact building it has had on Connecticut’s economy.

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February 23, 2018

Manufacturing Continues As Bright Spot In Connecticut’s Economy

by Christine Stuart | Feb 23, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | East Hartford | Manchester

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EAST HARTFORD, CT — There are about 13,600 job openings in Connecticut manufacturing right now, and even though the state has beefed up its community college training programs and increased its tax credits, there’s no way they will all be filled.

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October 27, 2017

OP-ED | Lessons of Racism for Connecticut High School Students

by Barth Keck | Oct 27, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Education | Equality | Town News | Lyme | Manchester | Newington | Old Lyme | Opinion | Poll

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I’ve been thinking about this poem by the renowned Harlem Renaissance poet, and not just because it’s the source of the title for Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, a play my sophomore English students began reading this week.

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October 5, 2017

OP-ED | Universities Need to Prepare Teachers to Help ESL Students

by Chelsea Schonvisky | Oct 5, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Manchester

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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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September 25, 2017

OP-ED | In Defense of Creative Writing

by Deb Weinberg | Sep 25, 2017 2:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Manchester

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Budget cuts and a push for a STEM or career focus can put soft courses such as Creative Writing on the potential chopping block, but humanities classes teach students the skills to see past the obvious, dig for deeper meaning, create innovative solutions, or even give life to a rock.

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September 21, 2017

OP-ED | Put Smartphones on Pause

by Gerry Navarra | Sep 21, 2017 10:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Public Health | Manchester

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As a teacher of nearly 20 years, I gave up the notion of being able to control educational policy writ large a long time ago. Often telling my students, “If I were king of the world, things would be different,” I have been content to control what happened in the sanctuary of my classroom. However, recent societal trends snapped me out of my apathy and, rather than challenge policy makers, I want to appeal to parents.

So, to the moms and dads out there — please — do not buy your children smartphones.

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September 12, 2017

OP-ED | The Classics Don’t Matter

by Sarah Forte | Sep 12, 2017 12:28pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Manchester

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At the start of each school year, many students tell me that they hate reading. Many say that they haven’t read a book since elementary school. Part of the problem lies with what we’re asking students to read in high school. Students need relevant young adult literature, not the classics. The classics, or the traditional literary canon, tend to be texts that are praised by scholars, stand the test of time, and, as a result, are often taught in classrooms. Young Adult literature, or YAL, is written about young adult situations, with young adult characters, with a young adult audience in mind. YAL is better suited to turn reluctant readers into lifelong readers.

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September 7, 2017

OP-ED | Basic Misunderstandings Pervade Public Opinion About Teaching of Writing

by Jason Courtmanche | Sep 7, 2017 10:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Manchester

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In early August, Dana Goldstein published a back-to-school op-ed in the New York Times that explored the question of why students can’t write well. In her piece, Goldstein examines two national models for writing instruction — the National Writing Project and a newer program called the Writing Revolution.

• EDITOR’S NOTE: English and Social Studies teachers from Manchester High School are working with the Connecticut Writing Project-Storrs at the University of Connecticut as part of the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program, learning how to better prepare their students for the writing demands they will encounter beyond high school. This is the first in a series of essays from participants in this year’s program.

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