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Thu, 05-01-2014 - 7:38am

Would you let your (minor) child color his/her hair something bold like green, pink, orange? 

Does your child get an allowance?  Did you get an allowance as a child? 

Have schools gone too far in adopting a common core into thier curriculums?  Thoughts? 

 

 

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Thu, 05-01-2014 - 3:03pm

My daughter tried to dye her blonde hair red in middle school. It came out sort of purple. I didn't love it, and told her so, but hair color isn't permanent, so I survived. My son's high school doesn't allow non-natural all-over hair color, but kids can do a streak of something funky if they like.

My kids did get an allowance and so did I.

We're in an independent school so aren't as affected by the common core as the publics are. Still, it does have an effect.  My concern about any federal curriculum is that the schools in this state are already usually the best or among the best in the country (when scores on those international science and math tests are broken down by individual state, not just the US as a whole, Massachusettts does almost as well as the top performing countries.) So I'd be worried that adopting a national curriculum would be dumbing things down here.

When my kids were in elementary school (public) their excellent principal focused on teaching the basics, rather than teaching to the state test. As a result, the kids did very well on the state test (MCAS), but the school was often cited for failing to make adequate yearly progress because once 98% of the students are proficient or advanced in a category, it's just not possible to improve any further unless you tell the slow kids to stay home on test day. And after a while, when high test scores become a goal, education loses out.

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Thu, 05-01-2014 - 3:05pm

blackandwhitemolly wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">What is in the increase in reading you have found?  For you to read about it or for your ds for more reading in his day?  I will admit I have not done any reading on Common Core.  </span></p><p style="text-align:left"><strong><span style="font-size:x-small"><span>Everyone talking about it on facebook and the protests they have had in my area for awhile now.</span></span></strong></p>

Ok gotcha.  I agree, I haven't paid all that much attention.  I feel apathetic about the whole subject.

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Thu, 05-01-2014 - 3:11pm
blackandwhitemolly wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">What is in the increase in reading you have found?  For you to read about it or for your ds for more reading in his day?  I will admit I have not done any reading on Common Core.  </span></p><p style="text-align:left"><strong><span style="font-size:x-small"><span>Everyone talking about it on facebook and the protests they have had in my area for awhile now.</span></span></strong></p>

Ok gotcha.  I agree, I haven't paid all that much attention.  I feel apathetic about the whole subject.

I can't escape it. lol. 

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Fri, 05-02-2014 - 1:14am
" Gee, I never thought having a stand about hair color made it moral issue," -------- My point was that it is not a moral issue. So I wonder what the "stand" was about. Did you tell her you do not like pink hair? What was the reason given?
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Fri, 05-02-2014 - 6:21am

litlmiss_cantbewrong wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left"> And its funny we would discuss it at an IEP meeting where standards should be consistent and alike b/c it is federally mandated but even that is not. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">Our district tries to make the plans <em>individually</em> tailored to the student-that's the goal anyway. </span></p>

My individual district does to.  It gets complicated when you try to apply an IEP from a different state and different district to a new one. 

 


 


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Fri, 05-02-2014 - 6:31am
I think that's awesome ashmama and I have had a few great experiences with administrators like that too, that still manage to coach and teach without the heavy emphasis on testing or teaching to the test.

 


 


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Fri, 05-02-2014 - 6:35am

rollmops2009 wrote:
" Gee, I never thought having a stand about hair color made it moral issue," -------- My point was that it is not a moral issue. So I wonder what the "stand" was about. Did you tell her you do not like pink hair? What was the reason given?

I told her pink isn't allowed.

 


 


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Fri, 05-02-2014 - 7:03am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">rollmops2009</em> wrote:</div>" Gee, I never thought having a stand about hair color made it moral issue," -------- My point was that it is not a moral issue. So I wonder what the "stand" was about. Did you tell her you do not like pink hair? What was the reason given?</blockquote></p><p>I told her pink isn't allowed. </p>

I could have sworn you wore pink on Wednesdays. 

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Fri, 05-02-2014 - 8:00am

There are times I think color is completely acceptable, this one is great! 

 


 


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Fri, 05-02-2014 - 1:20pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">litlmiss_cantbewrong</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left"&gt; And its funny we would discuss it at an IEP meeting where standards should be consistent and alike b/c it is federally mandated but even that is not. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left"&gt;Our district tries to make the plans &lt;em&gt;individually&lt;/em&gt; tailored to the student-that's the goal anyway. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>My individual district does to.  It gets complicated when you try to apply an IEP from a different state and different district to a new one.  </p>

I guess you would have experience with changing states a couple times.  Has a new district hassled you and not wanted to give your children some kind of services that was in the original IEP?  We just amend the IEP and make any changes that seem needed, usually not too much.  A teacher might not like a goal that's in there or how it's worded and hours can change a bit.  It should still be individually tailored to that student.  

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief