Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00
In response to Billionaires vs. Our Kids (May 21-27), or more to the point, an extension on what has been stated. Since 1979 when President Jimmy Carter created the U.S. Department of Education, the country has steadily lost it prominence in the fiedl of education and educating our kids. Why? It is because of all the politicians, special interest groups and bureaucrats that have made education policies based on their own interests and not the interest of
the children or the learning process.
At least 85 percent of all educators, teachers, in nursery to 12th grade do a fabulous job in the class rooms around the country. The problem is education administrators don’t hold children, parents, teachers’ unions and federal and state bureaucrats accountable to their responsibility to educating our kids.
Curriculums are created by former educators, out of a classroom setting for 30-plus years, bureaucrats and teachers’ unions in the halls of our legislative bodies around the country and not in the local school district. Local school districts, like years ago (30-plus years), that is, school boards and PTA’s, determined what was good for the local student and their best interests. Schools focused on the three R’s: Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. We also taught them civics, geography and history. We gave slow learners an opportunity to earn a good living with trade schooling in high schools, not everyone is or will be college material. What did that produce in the USA? Men on the moon, new inventions including today’s new technologies. We did not produce carbon copies where everyone thinks and speaks the same as the rest of the world. We excelled over worldwide production and inventions.
I hope we wake up the silent and uninformed majority that proper and great education does not produce success for everyone. Hard work, perseverance and opportunities in education or a skilled trade leads to a good earning wages in a field that one can excel and then can produce other opportunities for themselves and others.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
Nassau County drivers are up in arms due to the recent implementation of school zone speed cameras, which have issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents beef with the county’s speed cameras stems from the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.
Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron said that while some residents were taken by surprise, summer school hours are still considered a violation period.
Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00
One local mom was concerned about her shy daughter’s first acting class at the newly opened Neighborhood Entertainment Arts and Theatre (NEAT) at 166 Center Lane in Levittown; but after her daughter’s lesson with Theatre Director Watson Miller, she was surprised to hear her daughter broke out of her shell, singing not one, but two songs for the class.
“My husband has a very special gift with kids,” Koula Miller said. “He brings out the best in them.”
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Golfer Annie Park, 19, of Levittown came close at the U.S. Women’s Amateur tourney, but missed the cut, finishing at 149, 9 strokes over par and just one stroke away from the match-play cut-off.
“I couldn’t make any putts, so then I had more pressure into my shots to get it closer,” Park said, “but obviously that’s not going to work.”
Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00
It might not be what you think of as a traditional sport, but at Eisenhower Park people are doing flips in the air and dangling from harnesses, training at I.FLY, a recreational flying trapeze and circus arts program.
Anna Marie Cagnazzi is a fairly new convert. “I love the freedom that I feel and the sense of accomplishment that I get,” Cagnazzi said. “Everyone always cheers, and I feel so good about myself. You don’t get to feel that in your everyday life.”
Over a year ago the 30-year-old Bethpage resident had no idea that a regular person could trapeze recreationally. Then a co-worker suggested they try a I.FLY class together.