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Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Kent P November 16, 2013 at 08:26 am
Cursive is already a lost art and the schools need to teach it before it completely disappears. AndRead More to compound the problem when you can't write cursive you will have trouble reading cursive. No more hand written personal notes instead you text a message?
Karen Clark November 16, 2013 at 09:05 am
My daughter is unable to read notes and cards sent to her. She cannot read her great grandmother'sRead More journal. When we adopted her from Russia at age 11, she was able to write in Russian cursive. She never learned English cursive. I don't see any way we can fight this trend. I implored her teachers to teach it to her (since she had missed 3rd grade when they used to teach it) but they didn't have time. I tried, but she was too busy with other school work and there was no need to learn it because it wasn't required. So it's like a foreign language to her . . . and I find it tragic.
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Matt Meester October 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm
I left teaching because of this kind of crazy talk. Teachers in Missouri are told not to sendRead More homework home. I was told I must allow enough time during class for assignments to be completed. I was told to spend less time teaching and to give more time to work on homework. I would encourage parents that feel too much homework is being assigned to dig a little deeper. In every case that I received a complaint about the quantity of homework, we were able to identify that the student did not use their class work-time wisely. To be undiplomatic about it, their child socialized too much and did not work enough. One solution I have found that works for my daughter and I, is to have her teach me the lesson rather than just do homework. This keeps me from doing her homework for her and gives her a deeper understanding of the subject. With my specialties being math and science, I especially enjoy when she teaches me her algebra, geometry and a.p. biology assignments.
Dr. Curtis Cain's contract has been extended for the 2014-2015 school year.
Lillian Sidebottom September 26, 2013 at 05:02 pm
My husband and I were fortunate enough to spend some time with Dr. Cain at the Liberty high schoolRead More grand opening, and have the greatest respect for him. We wish him much success!
A biomedical class in the Wentzville School District. Photo credit: Wentzville School District
John of Stone Meadows August 28, 2013 at 08:10 am
Wentzville has an excellent Administration along with many very fine dedicated teachers. Please keepRead More up the steady hard work and Wentzville will continue to be among the highest ranked schools. We would like to have well "rounded' students graduate from our schools.
Miss Marilyn August 16, 2013 at 08:20 am
It's all a show! The Wentzville District does not really care about their students, or keeping theirRead More word to parents. They are not community oriented, nor do they want to make a difference. I have learned this the hard way, as I fear for my son's life going into his senior year at Holt.
Patch Pro Paul Gutting has been the Executive Director at Campbell Montessori School since 2011.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 09:23 am
Rockwood 25 - I am glad to hear it! 'The Absorbent Mind' is a great book. If you haven't already,Read More you may want to look into 'Montessori Madness' by Trevor Eissler or 'Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius' by Angleline Lillard.
jlward August 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm
I would like to know how a school district can get so bad that they have to close it down. Is itRead More because of incompetent teachers??? Please explain to me how 2 school districts in St. Louis could go that far as to not do anything about the childrens learning and test grades.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 05:29 pm
jlward – you are asking a very big question that may have as much of a socio-political answerRead More as an educational answer. I do think, though, that this is a great time to have a broad conversation about the nature of education, and what we want as a community for our children. We should be talking about the nature and value of testing, looking at various educational models to understand how and why they work, asking about the role of the community in education, and making sure that we know what our options really are. It’s a big conversation, and it will require a lot from us, but it is good and necessary. The stakes are high.
The gym at Francis Howell Central High School was filled to standing-room-only at a town hall meeting about upcoming transfer students last week. Photo Credit: Jared Grafman
ray faulkner July 31, 2013 at 03:28 am
A few bad apples can spoil the barrel, these "kids" have seen and lived through things weRead More never will. Violent fights daily, guns in the school, rape, and extortion. I would love to think that only good kids will be transferring, but even they have been effected by the negative stimulus to always be on the defensive. Their posturing and behavior even on the best of days will seem intimidating to students and staff that have not lived as they have.
Rich Marshal July 31, 2013 at 04:39 pm
Show me one failing district whose kids are bused to a another school where that district improved.Read More We've been busing kids for 4 decades to what avail? Look at the data at any of the receiving schools and you will see large differences in test scores by race. Nothing about this situation will change that. Maybe these kids should choose to attend the University City school district. After all, it's much closer and their good liberals are color-blind. Oops, the UC school district is rated only slightly better than Normandy and RG. I wonder why a city that is 50% white has a high school that is 90% black. I can think of only one reason.
heidi August 17, 2013 at 11:35 am
The district began by saying it could accommodate 100 students from Riverview & Normandy. ThenRead More it changed that number to 175. Next we were going to take 152, but still only had room for 175 students. Now we’re taking 186? Is this because of the strong-arming of the ACLU? NAACP? What sort of transparency is this when the numbers keep magical changing before our eyes? What sort of a fix is this, Kurt? At the end of your article you stated "What is the problem? I can think of only one thing." What were you trying to insinuate, Kurt? More of that liberal racism card we hear bellowed at every turn?
The Missouri State Highway Patrol recently announced the results of its 2013 school bus inspection. Photo by Wentzville School District.
Jim Frain June 17, 2013 at 08:20 am
168 Ft. Zumwalt School Buses were inspected...All 168 passed the inspection. Good Job Ft. ZumwaltRead More School District...keep our children safe!
Melissa May 16, 2013 at 11:22 am
We were actually put on lockdown before 1:15 and we weren't aloud to switch classes. And theRead More lockdown ended for us around 1:45.
Tamara Duncan May 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm
Was that at Holt, Melissa? What was it like? Did you just try to continue with classes?
Holt student May 16, 2013 at 06:27 pm
Classes continued but we were told to move away from Windows and were not aloud to change classes orRead More leave the classrooms. We were ordered to stay in our 6th period and not to move to 7th period till we were told to. Yes this was at Holt.