@sanity the looting and rioting is the only voice that a people who have felt. de-valued for too long, have. The media is focused on the riots, while the loss of life of a human being gets headlined on page 2. Any one with any sense of decency can't condone the riots. The bigger issue is that pot that was placed on that back burner now angrily boiling over. Racism. Generation Y and Z don't want to march and demonstrate - in order for white society to value them. We did that 60 years ago! It did not work. Read: it didn't work. A true, authentic conversation must be had because the younger generation who face an anemic economy, education being taken over by greedy corporate interest, a horrifically unjust justice system are desperately taking matters in their own tired hands.
People loot, shoot, and riot in Ferguson, and the people who try to restore law and order are criticized. America is going down the tubes
The behavior of the people in Ferguson is shameful. Even more shameful is the attitude of those like the author who seem to feel that this is a problem of white racism. It is not. The problems in the black community will only be solved once we realize that race hucksters sowing an attitude of injustice hides the real problems.
Well, rioting and looting aren't going to give anyone a good feeling toward you or erase and negative stereotypes. You can't force someone to like you. If you want to be liked, be likable, if you want to be accepted, act acceptably.
How much did they pay for this $@?!. This article was about as sparse as Christmas in 1933. Where was the data? What are the names of the schools that were visited? How did they collect the data? What day is it? How many fingers do I have up? Really City? I don't want to come down on you but what the heck is going on? Your other articles or there lack of, is prominate. Like that '80's Wendy's commercial " where's the beef?"
As someone who works with students, I can't imagine any reason why I would why I would ever carry a gun in their presence. It can only lead to trouble. I guess were fortunate that this is the only trouble there was.
Let's look at this rationally shall we? On the one hand it would be great if this historic building could be preserved. So where is the investment from the city? From the historical community? Marvin Maye has been trying to get this process moving for two years. There has been opportunities for preservationists to step in and invest in this building. There has been public hearings, appeals processes and the best that has been done is to say "It's a historic building, don't tear it down." I definitely support preservation and maintaining historic character. It is truly a shame. But in two years, who has stepped in to preserve this building? Who has put up the $300,000, $400,000 necessary to restore the building to its historic character? No one.
Now on the other hand the West Main Street corridor is a food desert. There are liquor stores, gas stations and convenience marts, but no full grocery stores. For the people who live in the neighborhood, they need a grocery store. It is now a practical matter that must be considered. People can't get fresh fruit and vegetables in a sterile museum.
Most of the people in the Landmark Society don't live in the neighborhood. They don't even live in the city. It is a typical situation of the white power elite in the suburbs coming into the city to tell the poor minorities how they must live b/c the white power suburban elite knows better. Hogwash.
There are good reasons on both sides. Both sides are correct and both sides are wrong. Marvin Maye owns the site and he has been more than fair. It's his property. His property, his problem, his business. If he wants to put in a store so the neighborhood has a grocery store and that there is a chance for economic prosperity, imposing discipline, dignity, law, order, propriety, a sense of morality and decency and proper work ethic, that is his choice. Good luck to him.
Now the matter is closed. If you need help with it, go see a competent psychiatrist. The matter is closed.
No respect for history or heritage!
Could the lack of engagement be credited to the common core curriculum that is much too difficult for many of the students who are lacking the background knowledge and foundational skills necessary for successful learning of the material? Especially for math!? This is compounded by the fact that RTI within most City schools, especially those in most need, is poorly managed and rarely carried out at all.
As long as handgun owners must register them with the state, why not have a lesser penalty for gun owners who inadvertently violate a local gun ordinance? If Diane Watkins has registered her handgun with NY State in Monroe County and carries it to New York City, why is she treated as if she has if she has no registration at all (a felony)? Many states recognize other state's gun registration. Why can't legally registered gun owners get some consideration within NY state?
Actually, New York has only 5.1 gun deaths per 100,000 residents, the second lowest in the nation, according to the statistical map I just saw (link below). Many states still do not require background checks or do not prohibit sales to people with violent crime histories. Louisiana: 19.2 deaths per 100k; Alabama: 16.2; Mississippi: 16.1; Wyoming: 15.6; Montana: 15.1. Check it out here:
I suggest that *City* do intensive interviews with ten city teachers - give them anonymity so they can speak freely - about how they think city schools could be improved.
I bet you'd get more solid, realistic assessments from those who are doing the impossible job of engaging and educating children who don't show up for class or do schoolwork, who don't have parents who take care of their basic needs, and who worship a media culture that scorns education as "acting white."
How many years of school did you go to in order to be able to write this article? I think we need to send you back. There should be a law stating that all forms of press related news reporting has to be backed by research based studies. It should be illegal to lie to the public about the very people who made it possible for you to do your job!!!
If a definition of insanity is repeating the same ineffective behavior and expecting a different outcome then we have truly reached crazy time. It is time for radical change, no more tinkering around the edges.. By all the measurements we have,; teacher and administrator morale, student and parent engagement, test scores, and community patience and involvement , we are sinking fast. A perfect storm is upon us. It is time for NYSED, the Mayor, or an independent management organization to step in and take charge. The current Superintendent and School Board just cannot do it despite all their best efforts. Dissolve the District, if possible, and spread the pain and problems. These are radical actions I realize. Politically unpopular yes. Time has run out. Today's test scores only add more bad news on top of everything else. Let's stop demonizing the teachers and make a real change. It will take courage on the part of the politicians. Anything less is just more window dressing and the windows are all broken!
Here we go again... "Students were not engaged." That concerns me also as a teacher, though... Teachers are not miracle workers! We can only wear so many hats at a time: teacher, counselors, behavior interventionists, peer mediators, secretaries, statisticians, data analysts, social workers, nurses, cheerleaders, custodial workers (yes, all of us clean) thats on top of: creating meaningful differentiated & culturally relevant lessons/activities daily, that take hours to plan...
If a student was not engaged did these people ask the students, "why?"
Maybe they did not sleep at home the night before or do not have a "home". Maybe they were up late watching their babies or siblings b/c their parent was at work. Or maybe they were up late playing video games bc that's what teenagers do w/o parental involvement. Maybe they have not been encouraged to go to school for days or weeks, so they feel lost and just shut down. Did they eat breakfast, did they have to wait for the bus in the freezing cold or are they drenched with sweat from the walk to school on a 90* day? Do these students fully understand English? I could go on & on...
These observers can judge us & "think" they know the answers but the problem (student engagement) lies deeper than what most teachers have to offer. City school teachers do not have a level playing field compared to other districts. 99% of the teachers I know work extremely hard at educating their students and preparing them for the "real world". They go above and beyond to motivate, encourage and support students with all of their needs (not just learning). I don't have the answer to this problem discussed in the article though I'm absolutely positive that I do not agree with it.
What the heck is going on here? Felony charges, media frenzy, and not allowed to be working with students? Why? Look, people are creatures of habit. Nobody's been hurt in any way whatsoever. I'm definitely against gun proliferation, but this overreaction is absurd!
I don't care what's written on the permit. Getting caught up in complicated rules that vary from one county to the next is harassment. Until legal changes bring statewide agreement and simplification for legal gun owners, we'll be less safe and more meddled with.
When are we going to make students responsible for their learning. When are we going to make parents responsible for their kids actions. Yes, there are a couple rotten apples in teaching but most of us do kill ourselves to teach and make sure our students learn what they need to. We can do all we can but until students take responsibility and the patents make their kids responsible foot school work, nothing will change. I'm offended when people assume we are doing nothing. In still waiting to see these call studies include my classroom. In a very passionate teacher that works very hard to deliver a lessons that makes sense and that include a connection to real life applications to have a student tell me that since he does not need the class to graduate,he's doing nothing, or have to wait for students to put their sell phones away because we are not allowed to take them from them. Lately when I try communicating with patents they get mad because we are calling them to talk about their kids behavior.
Again, until patents, teachers, administration and the community work together to address these issues nothing will change. We are in this together and teachers alone are NOT the only issue here.
I have long admired Ira Srole’s work. We used one of his photographs in the cover art of my recent book, Kodak Elegy: A Cold War Childhood (Syracuse University Press, 2012). I much enjoyed talking with him when I called to ask permission. He’s a very nice person and a major contributor to the photo-documentation of Rochester. Thanks for this profile. -- W.M. Decker
I agree with Greg on this one...Gannett is probably been one of the worst newspapers in the United State for turning its back on journalism, as defined by our US constitution, for the sake of profit. They've falsified subscriptions and readership for decades to justify astronomical ad prices. Customers caught on and the internet has been moving digitally for years.
It was sad to see the horse and buggy and pony express go bye bye, but we'll adapt and move on. Had the newspaper industry actually hung on to its journalistic mission of holding the government accountable, our country wouldn't be in such a mess today. We're all learning that our Fourth Estate or Fourth Branch of the government has been complicit in the destruction of Main Street.
Timely article: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/08/14/local-churches-receive-funds-repair-preserve-buildings/14053575/
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