From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:
"Religious discrimination involves treating a person (an applicant or
employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects
not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as
Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have
sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs."
Yes, I think it applies here!
But, please understand that this man is already rich and that this "job" is mainly for the benefit of others.
The spirit of this protection belongs on the factory floor, office, etc. where we must all strive to be more respectful and tolerant of others.
The answer to your question is yes. We decided that the first version of the blog needed some work, so it was taken down and reworked. We've now noted the change at the top of the blog. Thanks for pointing out.
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If the duck people don't like gay people, they shouldn't be working in show business. I guess they don't mind the gay hair stylist teasing their beards...I guess greed wins again.
Tim, was this post edited? It seems to be missing something that I read earlier in the day.
Education sure is in the news a lot, both here and at the D&C. We can all feel proud because this means that our local news media is taking care of its commitment to education, right? But are we really? Perhaps we have lost something important along the way.
I have enjoyed reading old D&C newspapers from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Education policy was an important issue then too, and these issues were fully covered, just like today.
But today something is sorely missing—news about city schools and schoolchildren and the daily activities and stories of their lives—the field trips, the major lessons, the celebrations, the hikes, the competitions, the discoveries. It was not simply that these old-time print journalists valued education: they valued children. And it wasn’t news that was buried away, either.
Perhaps if our local newspapers allocated more print space to stories about city kids, as a community we would be showing that we value their experiences and that as a community we are with them on the journey of their lives. Not just in theory—but in practice. And not just for the high achievers, but everyday kids too.
When was the last time that City Newspaper devoted many column inches to just plain stories about city kids? You have devoted volumes to stories about their troubled lives and more than enough stories about the policy fads and gimmicks promoted by the careerists and the "professionals."
It's called "back-to-basics" and may be worthwhile even for City Newspaper to consider.
Will drones be allowed to operate freely without any oversight? Will they be allowed to fly over and photograph whatever they want? How will the privacy and safety of New Yorkers be protected? In November a drone crashed into Lake Ontario. The cause of the crash has not been made public. What if one of these things crashes in a populated area?
Hmmmm - they are going to clean up a hazardous site and add to the tax base. Why would anyone opposose this development? For those concerned about this being inconsistent with the character of the village, are you implying that the existing eyesore is better?
According to an editorial in this newspaper, "If we're going to continue to be able to govern ourselves, we'll have to be willing to listen to one another and respect other viewpoints." While it's true that the capital-C Constitution restrains government, not citizens, there is nevertheless another part of our social compact, a small-c constitution by which we respect our neighbor's right to speak his mind. If you disagree with him, then the appropriate response is a reasoned refutation — not name-calling or a witch hunt.
A&E's volte-face is a resounding defeat for political correctness. And it is a thumping humiliation for extremist groups that sought to silence America's favorite patriarch.
As for the Bashir incident, there is no comparison whatsoever. He called for a human being to be physically assaulted and degraded. (And, of course, he had no audience to speak of anyway.)
Please keep in mind that this is the same network that brings us such stellar entertainment as "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and "Parking Wars".
Perhaps they need to consider changing their name from "Arts & Entertainment" to something more descriptive of their programming....
So what's the problem? This article is all over the place.
This is exactly what is coming to Rochester. Even if the superintendent gets others to manage the schools, it will be a disaster. The Buffalo schools he keeps mentioning as college operated are managed by John Hopkins. Like dozens of other reforms, they get hundreds of thousands of dollars, send in their experts, have the staff attend lots of professional development but Hopkins never gets it feet dirty. The crop duster approach to saving schools does not work. The farmers themselves need to work the soil. The sad fact is that neither Hopkins (or any other college) is going to want to get knee deep in shit which is what is needed for fertile planting. Schools here will be going through this and the teachers, kids and their families will suffer for years.
The main point against Common Core is still being missed, although the first comment touches on it. Much of the CC is developmentally inappropriate. I have been waiting for child development folks to weigh in on the expectations being forced on young children, in particular. Teachers are expected to teach 5 year olds science concepts such as germination and pollination and vocabulary such as nectar and deciduous when they don't even know what the word "opposite" means! The city has some of the best teachers anywhere, but they are being forced to cram very abstract and sophisticated material down the throats of children at the expense of doing what they know is best. And yet, according to APPR, it is the teachers who are failing because so few children can meet these unrealistic expectations.
Lets keep going with this thread. Earlier in the year, we discovered that RGRTA received a boost in funding. When members of TAG (Center for Disability Rights' Transportation Action Group) asked why that money couldn't be used to increase service - like more LiftLine rides, we were told that the increase could only be used for capital expenses.
Even though I hate human-made restrictions on money like that, we accepted the excuse. At the next RGRTA Board Meeting, it was revealed in the financial report that money that was already marked for capital expenses was moved to other areas (not increasing services) and the new money just took its place.
This is corporate mumbo-jumbo at its finest when this public authority is supposed to be operating in the best interest of the community.
Note: the taxpayer money spent in RGRTA bonuses could have paid for over 14,000 paratransit rides for people with disabilities. Rides that are denied to people all the time by LiftLine.
This is taking away transportation that could allow people to leave nursing homes and Monroe Community Hospital to live independently in the community. For many, public transportation, particularly paratransit, is the ONLY option and to be denied LiftLine rides is unacceptable.
Tim, did you ask about what are the evidence that these Common Core State Standards have been proven and they are getting our kids ready for college? These standards have never been tested, they are age appropriate at all. First graders learn about Mesopotamia, when they barely start to read and to spell and let's not start to talk about the Common Core Math which is ridiculous. Then there is the data sharing with InBloom, which will be free of charge to districts in the first year but then it will cost them at least $5/student, without talking about the 400 points of information NYSED wants to share with InBloom. Moreover, NYS is the only state in the whole country that stay with the data sharing, while the other states that sign up to it, decided to back down....ask yourself why! What is the agenda behind all this? Why the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have to be involved with the education. Our children are used as guinea pigs and also Bill Gates said that with this new type of education we will not know if it works for real before at least 10 years.... 10 years.
Dr. King's listening tour around the state has been a farce.... NYSED is not listening to the concerns of parents and educators, but they keep on wanting to push their own agenda without giving out the right answers. Apart from the fact that NYS sign up for these standards before seeing them, the introduction has been botched as districts were receiving the modules, as they were coming out... it is really like learning to fly a plane while it is built and this is simply disgraceful because who is paying are the children and NYSED doesn't care about that. Dr. King was not even acknowledging students asking questions during some of the various meeting, let alone answering their questions. We do not need someone like that as a Commissioner. Additionally, Governor Cuomo said at the beginning of his mandate that he was going to be an advocate for our children with regards to their education and now he totally disappear on this issue.
The state of education in New York State is dismal and parents, teachers and educators are fighting this Common Core for a reason: we see what it is going on in our houses and in our schools and we are very concerned.
Tim, ask the question, why does NYSED or inBloom need this data? To track student progress? To identify students at risk for not graduating? To individualize or personalize instruction?! These are the responsibilities of teachers and administrators of a local school district. You know, those education professionals that actually work with and interact with the student every day. NYSED and a private corporation have nothing to offer in these areas. It is an unnecessary invasion of student's personal privacy AND it is a service that no one needs. RttT offered a revenue stream for so-called "reformers" and people in the education "business". It is a ruse; and your reporting shows that you have been completely taken in.
Tim, you need to do a better job at researching and reporting this issue. You do a disservice to yourself and others by doing a poor job. There is absolutely no evidence that collecting students personal data will help identify students at risk of not graduating, track student progress, or allow for the personalizing of instruction. These are the responsibilities of teachers and administrators of a local school district. You know, the people that actually know the student. What NYSED and inBloom are offering is a service that no one needs. Ask the right question: Why do we need this? RttT offered a revenue stream for those in the "education business" and they are many who will be cashing in as long as the money lasts. "Students first"? Hardly.
I wish all our City Council members well. Loretta Scott certainly has the experience and knowledge to lead our representatives well. Beyond those skills, however, it is her wisdom, accumulated after her many years of public service, in many different roles, that will serve our city most. And beyond Loretta, we have a quite strong and capable roster on the rest of council as well--perhaps the most enterprising and skillful we have had in while.
But look, we all know these are perhaps the most challenging days ahead for our city. We have a young energetic mayor who will need a strong council to balance that energy with the real experience needed to not only steer our city toward a more prosperous future for it most poor residents, but will also fulfill our role as the centerpiece municipality for our entire metropolitan region.
This is not an either/or proposition. It is not about "two" Rochesters divided by income and color of skin. It is about BOTH Rochesters. It is about ALL of Rochester.
And I think that in order to accomplish this we are going to need a City Council that is stronger than it has been in decades and a community that is willing to look beyond our differences in order to move ahead.
City Council, as a collective body, has now reemerged as the most capable leader for our community to guide us through this balancing act. And I hope it meets that challenge head-on.
The state has no business collecting this data in the first place. Education is a LOCAL concern. There's nothing anyone can do for my child from Albany which requires them to know such personal information. Albany has no intention of protecting this information. The very purpose for collecting it was to sell it. And they've already been paid. So they're just collecting the info to keep up their part of the bargain -_-
Well, Tim, let us see why people are unhappy: take an untested curriculum based on faulty statistics from flawed report, developed by the company that also designs the tests, and force it on districts with no chance for review and examination (or proofreading at the printer, apparently), and you get angry teachers and parents. Add to that the veiled agenda of globalization, reduced emphasis on American History and pride and claims of rigor that translate to daily boredom and limited creativity, and the distress grows. Data mining is the icing on the cake. Dr King never once acknowledged any of the criticism and points of contention, raised by concerned parents and teachers. Yes, this tide is swelling as the realities of this educational catastrophe become more clear. It is imperative that CCSS be stopped before more damage is done.
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