Happy Friday ya’ll! It’s been a busy week. Where to begin? How about common core? These are two little words that inspire plentiful debate. Which you’ve seen if you’ve visited our facebook page lately. While you’re over there, be sure to “like” us so you can join in the discussions. The whole reason we started this blog was to get people talking about the issues shaping public education in New York. Our goal is to advance a deeper understanding of these issues and to help move the conversation forward, so we’re happy if people are talking about what is happening in our schools, whether they support what we are posting or not. On these issues people can — and will — disagree. The education of our children is a topic that warrants a healthy dialogue. We appreciate your participation in that.
So, if you’re late to the party and wondering what the heck the common core state standards even are, here’s a Q & A on common core basics from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
The seniors on Shaker High School’s (North Colonie Central Schools) varsity girls’ soccer team played their last game at home this week, but it was the halftime recognition of a teammate’s perseverance that really stole the show. Take a look. (WTEN)
Finally, if you haven’t heard about Malala Yousafzai, here’s a chance to catch up. In short (and that’s not really fair to her), Malala was shot in the head and neck one year ago on her school bus by a gunman who was sent by the Taliban. Her crime? Speaking up for the right of girls to be educated. Earlier this week, she visited The Daily Show to talk with Jon Stewart. The interview in a word: breathtaking.
Well good morning! A happy Friday to you and yours. Let’s get this weekend started with a look back at the week’s top education headlines.
Editor’s Note: Ed Speaks blogger Jill Aurora attended the public forum “School District Fiscal Stress” at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany, NY this morning. She live-tweeted the event for Ed Speaks, so head over to our Twitter page and check out the recap, http://twitter.com/edspeaksNY.
A recent study found that New York’s high schools aren’t offering enough advanced courses to get students into college. Not a surprise when the reality is that in many districts facing budgetary difficulties A.P. courses are one of the first things to go.
On Wednesday, we brought you this story of Superintendent of the Green Island Union Free School District, Dr. Michael Mugits and the new book he just wrote entitled: From Once There Was a School: To A School Was Once There.
Happy rainy Friday, as we ease into August during a summer of goofy weather. It’s cold! It’s rainy! No, wait, let’s have a spell of 100 degree temps followed by a fall-like early August.
If the weather has left you out of sorts, it’s nothing compared to the how displeased educators across the state have been this week with the release of the results of this year’s 3-8 state assessments. What do you think about the tests? Let us know in the comments below!
We hope your summer is off to a good start. Like many of you, the Ed Speaks team will also be taking some time this summer for fun in the sun (or building an ark if this rain keeps up,) so our posting schedule won’t be as regular as you may be accustomed to.
While our postings will be a bit more sporadic, we will still cover education news as it breaks over the summer. In addition, our weekly Rundown feature that comes out on Fridays will become a bi-weekly feature over the summer.
We hope you enjoy your summer and hang with us as we move forward toward the 2013-14 school year!