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Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Robyn Adams Davey November 17, 2013 at 01:11 pm
As a teacher, I taught cursive writing 7 years ago to my then 3rd grade students. When I wasRead More promoted to 6th grade, I noticed more and more of my students could not write or read cursive letters/words. There is a wealth of research that shows how the brain is activated when kids write in cursive, forcing them to slow down and take care with formation and slant. I now teach/review cursive writing to my six grade students each year.
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Anna Miller November 4, 2013 at 11:11 am
Is this really something the schools should be doing or would it be better if they offered theRead More service to parents? Schools should educate our children. Parents should be in charge of protection and discipline.
PaulRevere November 15, 2013 at 03:52 pm
Fine with me. We have policemen in the streets watching for bad behavior. Nothing wrong withRead More "policing" the written word. It has nothing to do with Schools vs Parent obligations.
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Anna Miller October 4, 2013 at 01:58 pm
I think part of the kids' "stoic devotion" is that they are told to do so many thingsRead More without understanding why so they just do it. Also as parents we have additional burdens of work and stress, paying bills and planning for the future, that interfere with the single minded concentration most kids can give to their studies. That said I do think the amount of homework is ridiculous. I was always told and passed on that a child's job is school but they deserve a life too. Education is not the only necessity for raising a good citizen and a good person to adulthood. For the adults, I saw some good advice about integrating learning into everyday living rather than taking a sabbatical for education.
Mary September 9, 2013 at 10:49 am
Excuse me...MORE consultants and MORE money tossed out the window!?! Isn't this the same DistrictRead More that has been crying 'poor' because bond issues are voted down? The same District in which parents ended up cleaning and fixing an aged locker room? Is there some reason why a competent committee can't be formed from the RSD pool of administrators, teachers, IT hot dogs, bus drivers, parents, etc. (no School Board members, please...)? The statistics and projections are readily available, as are mapping tools. I'll volunteer. Any other numbers-crunchers out there?
Mark Duecker September 9, 2013 at 11:03 am
The Board needs to make sure that NO Former Rockwood personnel retired or whomever collected wagesRead More from Rockwood work for either firm in any capacity.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich delivers the results of his follow-up report on the Rockwood School District audit Wednesday. Credit: Frank Johnson
Thomas Paine August 8, 2013 at 11:07 am
Clarification: The original Audit report did not state that RSD "double paid" theRead More construction company. The report (available online) stated "potential double / overpayments" were made. Let's try to keep the story accurate. Please include "potential", as no factual finding was made or attempted to be made by the Auditor. He did not seek an explanation from the RSD or the construction firm, but the RSD's rebutted explanation is included in the Audit report. Separately, I am informed through RSD contacts that the RSD lawyers have determined the payments were properly made (problem was that the contract language was very soft - ergo the Auditor's issue), and no restitution will be sought. This incident, blown out of proportion for political reasons, was an issue of imprecise / missing contract language and not the result of paying the company for work they did not do. (An RSD resident weary of misstatements and misrepresentations)
John Hurley August 9, 2013 at 06:08 pm
Mr. Romero: Are you kidding with your remarks? You a re actually going to split hairs with theRead More State Auditor? I don't know who your "RSD contact" is but both of you are so drunk on kool aid it is effecting your common sense. The district has already acknowledged the double payments were made. You are correct on one statement, the contract language was very soft, but it is not the Auditor's fault, it is the fault of the districts lawyers, the district CFO at the time of the contract, the King of change orders, Mr. Dennis Griffith and finally the Board of Education who just continued to rubber stamp anything the cabinet brought in front of them. The joke is on the Rockwood community for being complacent in their ignorance at the voting booth and staying in touch with what was "really" going on in their district.
John Hurley August 9, 2013 at 06:17 pm
In addition Mr. Romero, I saw nothing "political" about Mr. Schweich choosing to auditRead More the Rockwood School District. He has audited many districts and government subdivisions throughout the state. As a business owner I applaud Ms. Tyrrell and the RS for RS team for their efforts in bringing the fiscal mismanagement of Rockwood to his attention. Her and the RS for RS group has taken alot of heat on social media from koolaid drunkards such as yourself. When the Auditor validated their concerns in February 2013 everyone should have been sending RS for RS thank you cards. getting citizens like myself informed. I run a business and have no time to keep up with all this fiscal irresponsibility of our tax dollars in our district. Thank you Eileen Tyrrell and RS for RS for all you hardwork, determination and not backing down! Mr. Romero I suggest you spend sometime in koolaid rehab and than get informed.
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.
Lawrence August 5, 2013 at 10:07 am
Currently Rockwood taxpayers subsidize 100% of employee health premium costs and at least 50% of theRead More health premiums of their spouses and children. Is that an appropriate subsidy amount? How do other area employers currently handle spousal and children health care coverage?
Jill August 7, 2013 at 08:21 am
Every where I have worked I never had my premiums paid for or my kids.