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Charlie Cheswick July 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm
Agreed. While the rantings of caps-lock crazed conservatives whose sources are links to otherRead More ranting conservatives might make a compelling argument, consulting with your pediatrician is probably the wiser choice...
Laura July 3, 2014 at 01:26 pm
"Caps-lock crazed conservatives" ??? Come on now Charlie. That's not nice.
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Patricia Stack July 1, 2014 at 09:16 pm
This app is a MUST HAVE for college bound students and their parents! It simplifies and defines theRead More entire college application process! Thank you Ms. Portnoy!
Christopher Wendt July 17, 2014 at 09:08 am
Look at the acceptance and enrollment numbers...Hofstra is in trouble, has been in trouble, wellRead More ahead of the decision to make SAT scores optional. This decision was a purely defensive move, to get butts into seats. Declining enrollment that has infested LI public school districts is now spreading to the local college level. Dowling may not survive because of declining enrollment. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The good news, if you want to call it that, declining local college enrollment will force a consolidation of the market, closing campuses and entire schools that cannot get butts into seats, and in the bargain, driving down the cost of a local college education. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As far as lowering quality, yes that will be inevitable for schools that ease-off entrance qualifications. But that is not bad, because a growing number of would-be students do not really need a college education, and others do not need a top-shelf college education. Think of the difference between lawyers who will eventually go to Harvard Law and then to Washington DC or Wall Street, as compared to lawyers known as ambulance chasers, and those engaged in matrimonial and real estate practices versus all those interested in the law but not qualified to become actual lawyers and who will become paralegals. Like that.
GM Roberts July 20, 2014 at 11:55 am
To think this action is lowering standards and/or promoting a non-competitive paradigm is missingRead More the point that tests like the SAT or ACT are a very specific and narrow type of measurement and they can't gage the many different types of learning and manifested knowledge. A predominantly right-brained person does not usually do well with these more left-brained skewed tests, but their intelligence and skills are as valuable in the real world outside of academia. The fact that there is an entire industry devoted to tutoring students to learn HOW to take these tests should be a warning that the test results are not necessarily an indicator of acquired knowledge in its broadest meaning. These schools are not lowering entrance qualifications, they are including other forms of achievement-based criteria that don't necessarily lower quality but broaden what it means to be "educated." This seems to me to be a better reflection of reality as there are many different types of intelligence and not all can validly be tested on paper.
Christopher Wendt July 20, 2014 at 09:26 pm
@ GM Roberts: this deals with admission decisions into a college, and, specifically, with the SATRead More and ACT, not any other tests "like the SAT or ACT". Prospective students may continue to submit SAT and ACT scores for consideration. Likewise, this is specific to Hofstra, not "these schools", and your assertion that Hofstra is not lowering entrance requirements fails on examination of the number of students who actually matriculate at Hofstra despite a much larger number of acceptance letters having been sent out. Hofstra needs students, not just to be accepted, but to enroll, attend, and pay tuition. Lowering their standards (by making submission of SAT and ACT scores optional) would be one convenient way to attract less qualified prospects who are not just using Hofstra as their safety school, but who will actually attend Hofstra when accepted. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Failing to get student butts into seats would put Hofstra at risk, as Dowling College presently is. If Hofstra does not increase its enrollment, then the discussion of lowering standards will have become purely academic, as others discuss building a roller derby rink or ATV course, or affordable housing at the site of the former Hofstra University.
EG June 26, 2014 at 03:40 pm
School isn't supposed to be day care. People need to pay for their own day care.
Debbie Forsyth June 27, 2014 at 01:17 am
@GW6----Teachers do NOT get paid for the summer. They get paid for a 180 day school year. The Dept.Read More Of Education decided to dole it out in 24 payments. Some schools in other counties in NYS have the option of getting paid in 20 payments or 24 payments. It's still the same annual salary divided by different numbers. Comes out the same either way. You get vacation time and it's part of your salary, not extra vacation pay, am I right?
Sticks60 June 27, 2014 at 03:05 pm
No matter how the money goes out they get paid in Smithtown, on average, $100,000 with a benefitRead More package of almost $40,000. So maybe there should be a little more time spent working in the summer and making it more of a full time job like the rest of us seeing they get paid like us.
Deborah B. June 12, 2014 at 09:03 am
... and I agree that college is not for everyone. That is yet another reason why almost myopicRead More emphasis on ELA and math (and associated testing) -- to the near exclusion of just about everything else and its drain on financial resources -- is detrimental to our children.
dan June 13, 2014 at 08:57 am
Re: so what is the real agenda behind cc? Answer " an education economy. United StatesRead More secretary Duncan when building " race to the top" created it with investors. It was spearheaded by investors not educators . Rather than investing in low income schools with race to the top funds, they sought a return on their investment. With the agenda being creating a economy . The first education economy in history. What we are seeing is a new historical precedent. There are billions to be made in this field of education.
Jane L June 14, 2014 at 08:54 am
The agenda has little to with increasing educational standards and everything to do with getting ourRead More children to conform. To have them learn to do things the same way and not challenge the status quo. It's like the patriot act of learning. It gets them comfortable with submission. Years ago, teachers had to teach to their students modality... Some kids are audio learners, some visual, some tactile. The Core forces teachers to teach one way and forces the kids to regurgitate it the same way with no allowances for thinking outside the box to solve/answer questions. That's just WRONG. Our children are individuals and not robots. I fully support increasing standards. This is not the way. And for those who want to compare us to China and Japan, why? We have enough suicides at NYU. I want well rounded children who aren't expected to be perfect. Please see Matt Kibbe's commentary on Freedomworksforme.org. Thx
peter s. June 9, 2014 at 03:15 pm
How about teaching them spelling and grammar? Geography and History would also be good for them toRead More learn. So many children complete school while lacking in basic skills.
Skinny June 10, 2014 at 07:57 am
I'd like to see CPR and AED training offered as an elective. I agree with Mark's suggestion that ALLRead More kids take business math. There are too many economically illiterates exiting HS and college.
Aidan June 11, 2014 at 11:23 am
STOP asking schools to do everything … their primary mission has already been compromised byRead More the insertion of every possible social remedy into the school day.
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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
Edward F Moore May 24, 2014 at 07:48 am
My Father “The American Soldier”: My Father the American Solder is the closest man toRead More God I know. He was there to give me birth. He protected me as I grew to man hood. He sheltered my body and feed my soul and provided for my every need. He put his own Life and Liberty on the front battle field of war for his family. He became my Closest Friend and Mentor. He taught me Love by example and spoke very few words of love. He worked humbly in the factories of Life and bowed down to no man. He did not seek wealth or power but the joy of a smiling face from the Children. He never told a lie as he feared no man and sort no dishonest gain. He simply taught by example the simple truth of the Gospel. My Father The American Soldier: He lived a Life that said in deed. Take care of your family, your friends, and your fellow man and ask no thing in return; be there for them when they need you and be strong, give to the day you leave this Earth. My father the soldier simply puts in deed what most of us put in Words. My father the Soldier like Christ on the Cross simply heals and transforms the world by taking on the suffering burden of his fellow man, his family, his friends, and his whole world. My father the Soldier like Christ the son so loved his fellow man that he takes upon him-self his suffering and through his own Faith, Courage, Love bears this burden until his father in Heaven brings him Home. My Father The American Soldier: Those that equate the American Soldier with the terrorist who kill women and children while they commit human suicide have no understanding of the American Soldier, his history, and have never, been loved by the American Soldier. To protect the weak and the un-armed, to put him-self in arms way with the goal of returning home; back to his family, his Nation, his freedom. My father the American Soldier knows that he is the one that stands tall as a wall to protect, his family and the environment; his world where his family, his Children live and play, His Nation. My father the American Soldier understands that the wave of destruction must be stopped before it reaches his Home Land. My father the American Soldier understands that once these people on foreign land get a taste of Love and Freedom, they too, like the American Soldier will stand tall and spread the gospel of love, peace and freedom by their own example. As they too will want to preserve these LIVING SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES of LIFE, INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY and FAMILY HAPPLYNESS for their CHILDREN. THE BOTTOM LINE THE AMERICAN SOLDIER IS THE TRUE FATHER OF OUR NATION. God bless these Men.
GLENN May 24, 2014 at 01:35 pm
Stony Brook is about 90% Asian they should accept other races too!
Jon Thomas May 22, 2014 at 11:37 am
I’d still vote no, but you made one big mistake in how you presented your proposition in orderRead More to get a fair hearing. You should never have made the proposition effective immediately. In your referendum, the implementation date should have been delayed by one year. If the proposition passed, the tax cap issue would have no impact and in fact the Board would have to budget it properly in the next budgeting cycle to maintain spending under the cap. If you are going to fight this on a state level, that should be the approach. All community driven referendum which impact spending should have a one year delay in implementation. It doesn’t matter what the issue is. That makes it fair for the community in the current budget cycle so they are not allowing outside groups to force a 60% super majority. It also makes it fair for the petitioners so they get evaluated on the merits and not just immediate monetary concerns. Again I’d still vote no, and I do favor the tax cap as an effective tax containment process, but I do believe in fairness and I believe what I described would be fair for everyone, by preventing anyone (Board or Special interest group) from gaming the system.
Daniel Cole May 22, 2014 at 11:57 am
Jon - that's a very clever way to handle the tax cap issue without having to go back to Albany toRead More fix the law.
Judy Pepenella May 22, 2014 at 06:50 pm
Jon brings forth a valid point. Postponement would have made kept the district from piercing theRead More cap, bit would have put the burden on the next board to deal with balancing the budget with $330,000 for this service. This added cost would mean the next board to have to cut other services for the majority of students.
C O May 21, 2014 at 08:22 am
Knee: I guess your asking did I sell my house or not. It's really none of your Buisness but I willRead More entertain you...I have received and accepted an offer on my house and the potential buyers have signed the contract. The earliest projected closing is not until the beginning of July. Someday when you move out if your parents house and have to buy or sell a home you will understand this process and you will learn that a lot can happen between the signing and the closing. Should the buyers financing fall through my children will most likely be subject to the PAT-MED school system come sept. Satisfied? If not tuff. Now go jerk your own knee and stop trying to touch mine.
knee jerk May 21, 2014 at 12:19 pm
C O : I realize it's none of my business, unless you, of course, make it so with your relentless BSRead More posts. I understand the process well enough to know that when they find those liens on your house the deal is over also. One good thing though, their classmates can tutor them in a second language.
C O May 21, 2014 at 01:45 pm
Knee: I know you have been on the sidelines ignored and feeling left out your whole life but if IRead More post in response to someone else it doesn't necessarily mean I'm speaking to you. Not sure what you meant by liens. The only thing that LEANS at my house are the front steps ever since your whale of girlfriend stopped by. What is she a deuce...deuce and a half? Now don't be disrespectful to your mother....go clean your room and eat your hot pocket.
Daniel Cole May 15, 2014 at 01:46 pm
Steve - I agree with you that state law does not violate the Establishment Clause. The current 15Read More mile radius is completely neutral with respect to whether the private schools in question are religion-based. There is no legal barrier to the district voting to increase the radius, but I personally am uncomfortable with government money being used to facilitate a religion-based education (my own beliefs about church-state separation go beyond Constitution barriers) and that is one reason I personally am voting against the proposal. If the district feels differently, so be it. I also agree that the way the board set this proposal up to break the cap and trigger the 60 percent threshold was underhanded to say the least, though in their defense the tax cap this year was ridiculously low for Pat-Med, so I can understand their agressiveness to some extent. The entire tax cap law is poorly thought out, and situations like this one illustrate that. Would 150 students instead of 51 make the proposal more fiscally viable? Perhaps. It again depends on how the students are distributed throughout their current public school classes. We are still only talking about a small fraction of district enrollment. I would want to see a more detailed analysis of the cost benefits. To your point that there is waste in the budget, there is no doubt about that. I also question the $330000 estimate, though knowing the sweetheart contracting deals that often come about, it doesn't seem completely far fetch (ridiculous, yes, but not inconceivable). That said, we the voters can only vote for the budget and busing proposal as currently written and presented to us. Perhaps we need better representation on the board of education, but that is a different issue.
matthew simpson May 15, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Steve I could not agree with you more. The bottom line is that the results produced by the pat MedRead More district are god awful. We could spend years debating who is to blame and never fully understand why the results produced by said district are so poor. The Unions vis a vis the school boards are actually prohibiting people from exercising there right to educate your child in a manner that we see fit. Unfortunately for tax payers the districts have no competition to speak of. The few brave ones that do send their child to a better atmosphere are made to feel like we are the problem. Many a times I have spoken with public school teachers who criticize me for my choice of educating my child with my money ! The most outlandish thing about this predicament is that a school like Holy Angels RA in Patchogue is able to educate a child for 25% of the cost the taxpayers pay per child to the school board. The families of the Pat med district get taken for an expensive ride by the board. Shame on the district and the union for taking 171,000,000 and delivering a subpar product. If history is any lesson the unions will bankrupt the district , thereby killing the Goose that laid the golden egg. Taxpayers wake up before its too late and reign this board and the union in.
Patchogue May 18, 2014 at 02:19 pm
The answer is for the school district to improve. I think the fiscal responsibility shown with thisRead More budget shows we are going in the right direction. However, I am not in favor of breaking the cap. The busing should not have been on a different line item, but it is and I have to vote no.
Theresa Flora May 27, 2014 at 11:40 am
I heard city teachers talking about a third party candidate. This isn't shocking. LiberalsRead More cannot, under any circumstances, vote for a prolifer. It really all boils down to that one issue. The whole charter school debate will be the stated reason they can't back Astorino, but some know better. I hate the idea Astorino scrubbed his charters school ideas from his website, because they weren't gonna vote for him anyway. Stand firm by your beliefs, Astorin. No waffling. If you're gonna go down, go down proud.
Theresa Flora May 27, 2014 at 11:41 am
Oh, and I'm sure Cuomo is gonna do right by the union. Those assessments will get untied to evalsRead More one way or another.
Theresa Flora May 28, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Yo, "Say No": here comes Ravitch. When she came to Fox Lane to speak, I was against it.Read More Hated it. For SO many reasons. Called her a book shill. And now I see a NY Daily News piece that she's being courted by Working Families. I'm not shocked. They (the Left) need...no, NEED, someone besides Cuomo, and definitely besides Astorino. He's too Tea Party-ish. C'mon! Where are you?? You have all these blog posts.... the poetry thingy...probably cursive too.... Come back!!! Please tell me I've been right all along.
Kwasi Enin is headed to Yale. (Photo: Facebook/William Floyd School District)
Wwe Tensai May 1, 2014 at 07:41 pm
This is a role model.
de anne May 6, 2014 at 06:39 pm
Something in that Long Island salt water air!! So proud of this young man from my birthplace..notRead More Ghana...Long Island. It should be a huge incentive for our youth..especially those of color and those of immigrant parents! Way to go NewYork!
de anne May 6, 2014 at 06:42 pm
Oh..I forgot to add....Music....more proof of how vitally important it is to train the brain...comeRead More on California.... Make it more accessible and necessary for our young people... PS...advice from a one time musician and member of a band! Music rules!
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J April 30, 2014 at 10:17 am
Yik yak is awesome, its the kids who are using it that are not. There is no issue with the app justRead More the people using it.
Mels Ditties April 30, 2014 at 11:21 am
J...What is the positive objective of the app?...
Krista Cole April 30, 2014 at 01:30 pm
J, Awesome or not, it's being "used" for a really bad purpose. I say to the school: Get aRead More firewall and block the ports of Yik Yak--just like you block hackers, people. Then, hire a Java guy, who will come in and give a talk to the science classes on Java development and hold a contest for creating a Java application that does the most good to solve a REAL community issue. Hold a MySkoolTechAwards Show and sell tickets to pay for prizes and for the network firewall router. ;-) DONE.
ergodic May 10, 2014 at 01:01 pm
For those who missed it, the above Kindergarten story was mentioned in a recent Esquire article.Read More Following are some excerpts: “…, a writer at HigherEd and education expert, highlighted the most egregious example of it all this week. Attributing it to the rigors of standardized test reform, a New York school got rid of an annual show put on by Kindergartners. When asked why it was cancelled, the school’s principal and four teachers wrote that it didn’t prepare the children for college and career”. (Refer to http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/louis-ck-education) The author of the article continues: “We have joy deficit.”, and “We’re not taking the time to teach our kids a love of learning. We’re not treating our kids as people. We’re grooming them as tools for a future economy.”; ”…-and this generation of kids is getting the worse of it”. Conclusion: there’s not much support for the Elwood decision.
ergodic May 12, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Diane Ravitch’s blog for 05/12/2014 briefly reviews a Washington Post article: “6Read More reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards”. The general criticism is that the CCSS for grades K-3 is developmentally inappropriate. Among other guidelines, the WAPO article states “Children need play in school now more than ever. They need teachers who are skilled facilitators of play…”. The blog ends with a reference to the recent Elwood kindergarten decision: “... (referring to the WAPO article) read the other mistakes that CCSS made in writing standards for K-3. Then you understand how foolish it was for a kindergarten class to cancel the annual class play because the children needed more time for rigorous academic studies”.
brookhavenconfucius May 12, 2014 at 05:14 pm
erogdic, WHAT ELSE could you expect, coming from a LESBIAN, PROGRESSIVE ALLEGED, ED-GEECATIONRead More ACTIVIST ? Certainly this touchee, feelee GOBBLELY GOOK !
South Side High School in Rockville Centre is among the best on Long Island, according to new rankings. (Patch file photo)
brookhavenconfucius May 20, 2014 at 01:30 pm
How is it in your gated community, there, Joe ? Or do you own a business that depends upon IllegalRead More Immigrants ?
Lorraine DeVita May 20, 2014 at 01:31 pm
too many here not enough headed back..
joe thrapp May 20, 2014 at 03:14 pm
learn baby , learn. earn baby, earn. And the nomination for the next President of the United StatesRead More is former Governor Jeb Bush and his new first lady Columbia Bush a native of Mexico. And the nomination for the next Vice President of the United States Senator Marco Rubio the son of an illegal immigrant from Cuba. This team will replace the administration of President Obama the son of a Kenyan Citizen. I depend on the welfare of immigrants in waiting for my future prosperity and safety here in these United States. Education for all and all of those who just think they have an education.
TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Well, Bob. Let me correct you. Paranoid Psycho Theresa Flora did NOT "call me out." IRead More called her out. Please keep track.
eatingdogfood April 24, 2014 at 07:10 pm
No, Eckleburg you called names, she called you out. Go away now.
TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 08:26 pm
"eatingdogfood" oh well... that explains everything about you.
Photo courtesy of Stony Brook University
Lee Krauer April 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm
If these statistics are correct why are your PR folks making public statements to the contrary? IRead More was present and spoke at a Brookhaven Town Board meeting when the SBU folks indicated there was a large shortage of on campus housing. Your students tell us there are many two bed rooms that are assigned to three students and there are some instances of non students staying n the dorm rooms . You need to work with the community, as Dr. Marburger did, to work out these issues. The residents of Stony Brook are not a part of the university the university is part of us. Our taxes keep all state schools open and we deserve to be treated as your benefactors, which in fact we are .
prof mom April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
Wait. Flanagan gave them $100,000 towards these fields? That our community used to rent and lostRead More them to the University?? shame on you Flanagan. Enjoy your term. You are such a disapppointment.
Wendy April 23, 2014 at 07:03 pm
Lee is absolutely right.
Billy Joel applauded and smiled during at the “The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute Concert” in Glen Cove. Credit: Glen Cove School District
teena April 11, 2014 at 07:05 pm
so sick of hearing everyone blaming the parents. the show ended, the parents were all leaving (toRead More get back to work!) and billy joel was sitting right by the exit. all the parents had to pass him. the 'mob' that bothered him for autographs was teachers who brought out their soloist along with their parents. he left because half the auditorium was leaving!
TJ Eckleburg April 11, 2014 at 07:34 pm
lindy, get off my lawn is a mentally ill teabagger.
Gabe Gonsalves April 14, 2014 at 10:34 am
Billy Joel is a class act.......I know him from my younger days. The man is true to his roots.
Photo: @EARizzo57 Twitter
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm
Liz, my point is a reality about home values. Not a stretch as you suggest. I know a principal whoRead More invited local realtors in for open houses to demonstrate how well the school was doing to offset the negative publicity portrayed by media. I saw firsthand parents who relocated to another school based on test scores. Parents don't trust realtors, they look on Greatschools.com and see a test score. Newspapers and news outlets report test scores, they don't take the time to break down why they schools score low let alone why they score high. Most parents won't spend the time to interview or do a walkthrough for a public school before attending.
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Liz, not to beat a dead horse, do your own research about test scores and home values. I think youRead More will be convinced.
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Disgusted, you are talking about teacher union leadership. IMO Tenure and teacher unions are killingRead More the quality of American education. Be accountable or get out of the profession.
yeahitzme April 6, 2014 at 02:18 pm
We all agree what a vital impact teachers have on their students and all of our children...whoRead More surely are the future of society. We all want what is best for all and there is no one exact road or method to get there...adapting and being flexible depending on any situation is a skill that that garners best results...finding what works and building upon that will most likely have positive results. And yes...mushy is definately not the desired method of instruction and yes...those tutoring bills can add up quite fast with the going rate...Unfortunately...my child had one of those no nonsense teachers and that was the subject I was paying those tutors for...A child that shuts down...can't learn...that approach did not work for them. I am sure there is a comfortable middle ground where both firm and supportive instruction can coexist successfully for both teacher and student. I think it comes down to a respect from and for the teacher! We all know it only takes a short moment to tear something down that may have taken years to build up....Teaching is not easy in any regard...but the rewards are great...as Marion accidentally found out on Facebook when feedback from long past students confirmed...she had gotten things "right" in her instruction along the way... Great effort from all involved is required to achieve success in most cases..albeit that natural prodigy genius that is very rare to come by! May we ALL be successful...and joyful...whichever road we choose!
Lorraine DeVita April 6, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Excellent points! Going too far in either direction has consequences...mostly negative. RespectRead More to me must be earned or at the very least in some cases retained , title or position, alphabet soup before or after a name , does not automatically grant respect. The PERSON earns the respect ...... ie- .the OFFICE of the president deserves respect despite WHO is sitting in the chair, the Person who is IN the job needs to earn the respect OF the title.
Andreea D April 24, 2014 at 08:36 pm
No, they are not opting out. The Common Core Standards for 4th and 3rd grade are pretty reasonable.Read More Last year my first child got high 4s for both of them, and they will do well probably this year both of them.
Kwasi Enin has a tough choice to make. (Photo courtesy of the William Floyd School District)
Mrs. Sea April 6, 2014 at 09:12 am
I always have a hard time understanding why contributors to sites like this one cannot read a happy,Read More joyful, success story and not make bitter, negative and political comments. Can't you just be happy for this boy who worked hard all his life to get to this point? His self-motivation, brains, family, family history, school, community and perhaps church all contributed to his success. Be happy for and proud of Kwasi.
Scooter Libby April 6, 2014 at 09:25 am
@sea It is a wonderful story. But a major part of the story is Kwasi's race. As I stated before ifRead More all things were the same except his skin color there would be no story. Kwasii is not even the #1 ranked student at his school-there are ten ranked higher. Maybe they didn't get good SAT scores, didn't apply to these schools or did and we're not accepted. All I'm saying is that his skin color was a factor to his success.
CHRIS April 6, 2014 at 01:25 pm
Mrs Sea that would be boring. It's much more fun to dive into the story and pick it apart. It'sRead More about asking questions and finding out what your fellow Americans are thinking. Would you rather all of us blindly read a story and accept it as it is written?
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