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Mastering Math Shouldn’t Be Optional

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:14

I had lunch with your kid’s math teacher’s boss last week. What was on the plates doesn’t matter, but what was on the menu is very important.

The Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors hosted Jill Diniz, curriculum manager and lead writer for the New York State Education Department’s Common Core Mathematics Curriculum Project. Her employer is Washington, D.C.-based Common Core, Inc. Diniz, who lives in Vero Beach, Fla., came to Nassau to explain how to implement the Common Core math standards in our local schools.

Right up front, she made it clear that the Common Core approach is very different from what we have been doing.


Local Schools: Do Billionaires Know Best?

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

The New York State Board of Regents believes in whiz kids. No, not our kids. The Regents have clearly sent the message that our kids are so dopey and lacking in “college and career readiness” that the state must immediately force a whole new curriculum on our schools, and a new testing system to prove just how much our dopey kids need this new curriculum.


Eggnog: Raw Or Cooked? Classic Or Amended?

Written by Christy Hinko, Wednesday, 04 December 2013 15:20

Whether you prefer a classic eggnog, or something lighter, but still as tasty, here are a couple of eggnog variations for you to serve at your next holiday event. 

Traditional Eggnog

• 12 eggs, separated

• 6 cups milk

• 2 cups heavy cream

• 2 cups bourbon

• 1-1/2 cups sugar

• 3/4 cup brandy

• 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg


Dos and Don’ts: Office Party Etiquette

Written by Christy Hinko, Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
Frat party antics and intoxication are just some of the things that are not acceptable at office gatherings.

Office party etiquette, conducting yourself appropriately at office or workplace social gatherings such as parties, and dinners, can be a perfect opportunity to improve relationships with your co-workers and management. Although some companies arrange for offseason gatherings, November and December are some of the more popular months for companies to hold social events for their employees and associates.


Our Kids’ Education: Who’s The Real Boss?

Written by John Owens, Wednesday, 27 November 2013 16:19

The outside protesters and inside speakers at recent local hearings featuring State Education Commissioner John King didn’t rail against his test-intensive approach to schooling in vain. Soon after the raucous event at Mineola High School, the Board of Regents announced that 20 minutes would be trimmed off the upcoming state math test. Ten minutes off the English exam.

Of course, in context, it’s not much. Our kids still can expect to sit through nearly three hours of testing in April.


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