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BellairBerdan April 24, 2014 at 08:05 pm
The word doesn't need to go away. It just needs to leave a government which is not supposed toRead More support any particular religion. Silent, since your position is because the majority wants it, think of this. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the USA and the largest religion in the world. Will you be OK if the majority becomes Muslim and changes the word to Allah because the majority wants it? Or will your position then be that government shouldn't be involved?
SILENT WOLF April 24, 2014 at 08:42 pm
BellairBerdan , You are wrong ,the largest religion in the world is not Islam .There areRead More approximately 2.1 billion christian to your 1.5 billion Islam.. I wouldn't betray my beliefs and wouldn't care what you had in your pledge , mine would remain the same . Sorry I was imposing you were Islamic ,not true right ...?
Spooner April 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT, Argued and Submitted December 4,Read More 2007—San Francisco, California Filed March 11, 2010 We are called upon to decide whether the teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, by students in public schools constitutes an establishment of religion prohibited by the United States Constitution. We hold it does not; the Pledge is constitutional. The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded and for which we continue to strive: one Nation under God—the Founding Fathers’ belief that the people of this nation are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; indivisible—although we have individual states, they are united in one Republic; with liberty —the government cannot take away the people’s inalienable rights; and justice for all—everyone in America is entitled to “equal justice under the law” (as is inscribed above the main entrance to our Supreme Court). Millions of people daily recite these words when pledging allegiance to the United States of America:I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Lori Anne April 24, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Lisa, it sounds like those are issues that the school needs to address. It's not a reason to stopRead More testing altogether or have parents pull their students out of the test. The CC standards should solve some of the issues that you raised by making sure that if you're in 5th grade, you can read at a 5th grade level. Schools have always had standards, this isn't anything new. It just means that kids across the US should be getting the same education so they can compete in the outside world when they graduate.
Doubleclick April 24, 2014 at 03:33 pm
Fair point, Pete, but if Stevie Wonder could read the newspaper he'd still wonder who might be ableRead More to make the right nudges to the right people to get the CC assessments leaked. Cummings? Hard to say but should be in the conversation at least.
Pete Mock April 24, 2014 at 03:39 pm
Lori, NJ already has standards in place that address issues like that, and the Common Core comesRead More with a new level of testing in the PARCC that goes beyond anything we've had before. Students and teachers will be judged by the results of the PARCC and it will do nothing to inform what goes on the classroom. CC will do nothing to assure that a 5th grader is reading on the 5th grade level. It may indeed help assure that kids across the nation have similar standards, but I don't see that as a convincing reason to adopt the CC standards, esp since NJ standards are high compared to other states.
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
golfer April 24, 2014 at 07:47 pm
Brian Hurrel wants proof. There is a terrific book called "Children of the Core." HeRead More wants proof, but I guarantee he won't read this book.
WMS826 April 24, 2014 at 09:46 pm
Proof is all over Brian, just open your eyes. Educators come out of college where they areRead More brainwashed into socialism and political correctness. They are part of this war on our culture and traditions and unfortunately they have our children for seven hours a day. I should have a choice with my tax money on where to apply it for education of my children. If many people opt out of the public system and all but one or two schools in a town remain open and used who cares. The kids still have a school to attend whose parents choose to use for them. We'd fire a bunch of teachers who could then get jobs in the private schools without the pensions and bennies, you guys are here to educate people right, it is not about the money at all..or is it. Save a ton of money, bust the unions, smaller class sizes...choice for parents...what is wrong with that plan.
WMS826 April 24, 2014 at 09:52 pm
Andy Schmidt ...progressive is code word for communism, has been for years. So is the wordRead More "action" . We are at the very beginning of this "fundamental transformation of America "as your man Obama puts it. Please tell me what that means coming from a man who is a known communist and endorsed by the communist party in every election he is in. It all starts with the children...that is how any regime does it.
Judith March 21, 2014 at 07:49 am
Charles was a wonderful kid. For example, he once dressed up as Spiderman and visited kids at aRead More hospital, and was always very kind. This is a terrible loss for our community.
Nile west March 21, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Really sad.....prayers goes out to the family.
uncle albert March 22, 2014 at 08:14 am
My nephew committed suicide last year at the age of 16. Knowing that he was attracted to other boysRead More since a very young age he decided to not live in the closet, but to live as an "outed" gay to his parents and siblings. Word made it to his peers at school and the bullying got to a point that he could not take it any longer. I'm not saying that this is what happened to this young man, for I do not know, but that we as a society in general and also teachers, school peers must learn that some people are different from them and that we must practice acceptance and celebrate our difference and not hate someone for those differences, what ever they may be. The teen years are hard enough without harassing & bullying someone because they are different. My heart felt condolences to the parents and family.