by Melissa Bailey | Apr 16, 2014 3:15 pm | Comments (13)
This is how New Haven is educating a high school freshman who got expelled: It sent her to class for two hours, then sent her home with a one-page worksheet and word-search puzzle in which students circle vocabulary words in a grid of letters.
by Melissa Bailey | Apr 7, 2014 12:12 pm | Comments (26)
When students start taking Common Core exams, the results will “expose that we have a middle-class crisis in this country,” predicted a local charter school network CEO.
by Melissa Bailey | Apr 4, 2014 11:20 am | Comments (6)
A Hillhouse High student challenged a national conference of adults to change the way students learn.
We’re on it, one of the adults replied.
by Melissa Bailey | Apr 2, 2014 7:11 pm | Comments (16)
Crowds from Stamford and Bridgeport stormed Hartford Wednesday to oppose new charter schools in their communities. New Haven’s proposal for a new charter school, meanwhile, sailed through with not a peep of opposition.
by Ann Policelli Cronin | Apr 2, 2014 12:57 pm | Comments (5)
Ann Policelli Cronin, a one-time Connecticut Outstanding English Teacher of the Year who has received national awards for middle and high school programs she designed and implemented, originally wrote this opinion article for the Connecticut Mirror. Click here and here for previous articles on Common Core.
The NCAA Basketball Championship is based solely on free-throw shooting. Team practices are spent doing repetitive exercises of shooting from the foul line. All college players take the same free-throw shooting test. Their scores determine the excellence of the team, expertise of the coach and quality of the school. The team with the highest score becomes the national champion.
As a result of this new competition, the game of basketball is lost. The game, in which quick thinking, collaborative efforts and a whole array of athletic abilities are integral to the success of a team, is not played. The players begin to forget what it was to play 40 minutes of basketball. The coaches stop thinking about ways to develop talents of individual players and stop strategizing about how to make the team as a whole more successful. The fans forget about that long-ago game of basketball and enthusiastically cheer for their favorite foul shooters and compare them to foul shooters on other teams and in other countries.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 28, 2014 12:06 pm | Comments (13)
In her debut appearance on a different kind of school board, Mayor Toni Harp was welcomed as a champion for charter schools—and opened her pocketbook for a requisite donation to the cause.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 26, 2014 8:22 am | Comments (5)
More truancy officers. A full-time social worker. A “restorative justice” room for kids who get in trouble.
The school system rushed to put those pieces into place at Lincoln-Bassett School in the wake of a state audit revealing “serious concerns” about the education there.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 25, 2014 8:05 am | Comments (29)
Parents stormed the school board to protest a newly revived plan to move Hyde School from a costly swing space to a new home inside Hillhouse High School.
by Ike Swetlitz | Mar 14, 2014 2:33 pm | Comments (7)
“I want to raise my family in this city, and I am scared to do that because of our school system,” said Jamilah Prince-Stewart.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 14, 2014 8:25 am | Comments (21)
Students “wander” and “run” in the hallways. Classes have a “low level of rigor.” And staff is divided as to whether a new principal is rescuing or wrecking a neighborhood school.