There you go again, John Owens, venting your leftist, socialist “manifesto” (“Hold On, Albany, These Are Our Children”). Are you a Marxist by any chance? It certainly seems that way based on your incessant bashing of people of wealth, calling them “Wall Street Zillionaires,” and including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in that group, criticizing it for promoting/funding Common Core. Your derogatory characterization of them as “Zillionaires” is beyond the pale!
Congratulations, however! You have joined the elitists and political morons of Hollywood such as the likes of Shaun [sic] Penn who admires and worships the leadership in Cuba and Venezuela, while bashing in public, the U.S. and everything it stands for, during his visit to both countries. A true hypocrite who makes “zillions” from movies, yet criticizes capitalism!
Thank you! It is gratifying to see that so many of us haven’t lost faith in the Elementary Class Project. We haven’t let the current vogue of drilling, testing and punishing in the name of “college and career readiness” overtake our belief that education really is about more than just numbers you can record on a spreadsheet.
In other words, you helped out Kate at the Cascade Christian School in Puyallup, Wash.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the letter Kate sent telling us that her elementary-school class had undertaken the project “Parade of States,” and she had drawn New York. Could we send her items and information relating to the Empire State?
I was sent out to locate meals for $10 or under and am happy to report I found some delicious dishes that won’t break the bank. I decided not to go the easy route with sandwiches (although you might argue with me about my inclusion of burgers) and also made a couple of other rules to make it more interesting.
1. If there was pasta it couldn’t be the main ingredient and 2. No soup alone even if it had lots of ingredients. Tip and tax are not included in the price.
Here’s what I found:
Anyone who thinks that getting mad, speaking out or maybe even raising a little hell doesn’t get results, I have two words for you: Common Core.
A year ago, the Common Core curriculum was virtually unknown to most parents and everyone else not directly involved in K-12 education. If anything, it was passed off and readily accepted as a good thing — a more “rigorous” approach that would make our kids and our country more “globally competitive.”
They say you never forget your first, and for that very reason, EAC Network (which stands for Empowerment, Assistance and Caring), holds a very special place in my heart.
The first time I was ever honored in my life was by EAC back in 2001, and because of that and what they do for the less-fortunate has made this Hempstead-based not-for-profit agency very near and dear to my heart. I had been introduced to this human service organization the year before by my late friend Phyllis Kreitman. What struck me was the wide variety of wonderful programs EAC provides to the community. At that time, its Meals on Wheels and Dress for Success programs were particularly impressive. But during the tour I was given of EAC’s facility, I was particularly impressed by the fact that supervised visits for children were being overseen, giving them a safe haven which I feel was and continues to be a very important thing to have.
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