With school taxes the hot-button issue of local politics, I’m surprised we haven’t heard more about “school reform.” That is, bring a bottom-line-focused, data-obsessed corporate management style to our local public schools. Make taxpayers the “customers,” student achievement the “product” and the district superintendent the CEO (that’s Chief Executive Officer, not Chief Education Officer). “Profit” comes in the form of cutting costs and boosting “production” (i.e., test scores).
But according to some area educators, we are approaching this scenario at an alarming rate.
The Great Neck Board of Education recently took on the issue of state-mandated tests and said “Enough!”
In a resolution sent to everyone from local politicians to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the board declared “the growing reliance on, and mismanagement of, standardized testing is eroding student learning time, narrowing the curriculum and jeopardizing the rich, meaningful education our students need and deserve.”
I don’t want to bore you with the testing schedule of the average public school student, but to put it mildly, it is intense and getting more so each year. Or to look at it another way, if you came down with a mysterious illness and your doctor sent you to the hospital for tests, chances are you’d undergo far fewer evaluations than the typical middle schooler endures in an academic year.
Driving along one of the many main drags on Long Island’s south shore reveals a disturbing amount of fast food establishments – all using characters like clowns, redheads and octogenarian chicken mongers to promote their products.
But one burger joint relies on a different sort of character to draw in customers looking for a quick meal with a touch of nostalgia.
All American Burger sits at 4286 Merrick Rd. in the same spot it has occupied in Massapequa since 1963. Under continuous management by the Vultaggio family since its founding five decades ago, All American is a burger stand from a time before the fast food behemoths took over the industry.
“Summertime, and the ice cream is great…” Not exactly how the song goes but definitely what most people look for once the temperature starts climbing into the upper reaches and bathing suits become standard attire. And to that end, here is what the editors at Long Island Weekly consider to be the five best shops in Nassau County that feature homemade ice cream:
I was recently fortunate enough to make a once in a lifetime trip to China, where I was visiting a friend’s son, who is a banker. I was there for a dozen days and during my stay, I visited a number of places including the Great Wall of China, Hong Kong and the Forbidden Palace. But the place I was most impressed with was the Shanghai American School (SAS). Founded on September 12, 1912, SAS is the largest international school in China, I was told. During the three hours I spent there, I got to see very modern facilities that are on beautiful grounds. The teaching staff come from all points of the globe and is very hands-on. I’ve always been very passionate about education, so I was very impressed by the curriculum. In fact, I was surprised to see that in one eighth-grade middle school class, the students were studying Supreme Court case histories.
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