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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is prompting Pasco Schools to get tough on pre-game prayer sessions. Patch File Photo
Linda Ruggieri July 14, 2014 at 02:16 pm
We have to stop taking God out of our lives!
Dave Burrier July 14, 2014 at 08:23 pm
Please get your god out of our lives. Thanks
Dave Burrier July 14, 2014 at 08:58 pm
Linda Ruggieri, please get your god out of our lives. Thanks
A Duval County School Board member thinks kids should be able to fight back if they're attacked in school.
Harold Sultzbaugh June 18, 2014 at 10:55 am
Common sense should prevail in these cases.That is, OF COURSE the child(or adult) should fight back!Read More I know from experience that a strong reaction from the bullied(me) ended the problem, and afterward I was treated with respect. There is NO other reasonable solution to bullying. Harold Sultzbaugh
P June 18, 2014 at 11:01 am
Just "turn the other cheek" NEVER works! Bullies know the rules (disobey them likeRead More "guidelines" as to just how far they can bully!) Victim HAS to be able to defend! Is this current rule enforced by "Pro-Life" people? If you really care for life, DEFEND IT and peoples right to defend themselves!
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH June 18, 2014 at 05:37 pm
Difficult issue. As a child in an inner city school in Philadelphia, fighting in the school yardRead More was pretty commonplace. Typically a teacher would pull the kids apart and chase them to their next class. Sometimes a trip to the Principal's office and a scolding. Now such fights are often criminalized and the parents are brought into it and the whole business is blown out of proportion. I agree with the Superintendent, no fighting can be tolerated. Especially with easy access to weapons and the potential for dangerous repercussions. I would suggest investigating who triggered the altercation for appropriate discipline. There should be a clear policy to punish bullies.
Jose Baez has agreed to represent the family of an autistic boy who was slapped by a Pasco County school bus aide.
Rob June 13, 2014 at 01:19 pm
As a school Nurse assigned to a cluster school with high population of autistic and ESE children, IRead More do think monitors need to be in place. These children are very fragile people and while I will never excuse nor condone striking a child, I understand how it can happen. I think a thorough background check needs to be done during the employment process.
Sherri Lonon June 13, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Thanks for the insights, Rob!
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
sadie728 March 21, 2014 at 11:18 pm
I think cursive should be taught, simply because it is a faster way to write than block letters. HowRead More are you supposed to take notes in a high school or college class without it? You need to be able to jot things down in margins that you can't do using an iPad. And writing notes to school about why your kid was absent--you're going to print that? I just scrawl it--in cursive--on a piece of paper. There are so many uses for cursive. And yes, they still need to learn how to spell!
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sadie728 October 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm
This is tough for parents and kids. We quit Little League because the games were too late at nightRead More for little kids. They're 8 and 10, and I get them in the shower by 7:15 and in bed by 8:15. Some days my husband doesn't get home until 7:30, but the kids are definitely better behaved with early bedtimes. We manage on his teacher's salary and my very-part-time work during school hours, but we make sacrifices to do that--get movies on Netflix instead of at the theater, for instance. It just means prioritizing their needs.
sadie728 October 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
This is tough for parents and kids. We quit Little League because the games were too late at nightRead More for little kids. They're 8 and 10, and I get them in the shower by 7:15 and in bed by 8:15. Some days my husband doesn't get home until 7:30, but the kids are definitely better behaved with early bedtimes. We manage on his teacher's salary and my very-part-time work during school hours, but we make sacrifices to do that--get movies on Netflix instead of at the theater. We don't go to Disney, we don't go on cruises, we go to MOSI and the zoo on $5 days. It just means prioritizing their needs.
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sadie728 September 24, 2013 at 07:35 am
I think child beauty pageants should have be watched for child abuse. Forcing a child to get anRead More eyebrow wax while she screams (there was a video segment on TLC about that) shouldn't be allowed. But how would that be enforced? Maybe more educational material for parents. As for Honey Boo-Boo, her family seems nice enough. They care for her and wouldn't force her to do something like that.
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Jassen Sanders August 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm
A person is, between all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended. Bullying isRead More difficult to define, because in today's society it extends much farther beyond someone taking your child's lunch money or pushing him or her around on the playground, and the affects of this type of behavior go much deeper than a black eye. Teasing, taunting, ethnic slurs and sexual harassment is all forms of bullying. Bullying behavior is generally repetitive hostility and aggression directed toward a victim who is physically or mentally weaker than the bully. Thus, being a parent I've learned to be vigilant and more particular on the safety of my teens especially when it comes with bullying cases. Then I found this cite that provides a protection for children from a safety mobile protection that can access family, friends and 911 in times of emergency. I just downloaded their service on their iPhone. Here’s where you can find it: http://www.SafeKidZone.com/
Cindy Harrison White August 18, 2013 at 01:16 pm
For Pasco County School Superintendent to say that bullying won't be tolerated is laughable. I haveRead More reported several instances of bullying to Pasco principals and school resource officers and got ZERO cooperation or action against the perpetrators. The victim was re-victimized all over again. The bullying that goes on in our schools and communities is pervasive, appalling and severely detrimental to our youth. Pasco schools and law enforcement don't have a handle on it at all and need to stop pretending like they do.
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