Daily Archives: April 6, 2013

Gonzaga, a Jesuit university, bars Knights of Columbus from campus because it’s a Catholic organization

Well why not? All our secular universities are busy indoctrinating their students to hate their country and the beliefs it was founded on, so why shouldn’t the Catholics eat their young too?

Gonzaga’s Black Student Union chose not to comment on the matter, but its members could be heard giggling from behind the locked doors of their clubhouse.


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Declare victory and go home

$15 trillion has been spent on the “War in Poverty” since LBJ initiated it. Score: Poverty 50 million, liberal progressives 0.

If you’re curious, our entire national debt is $16 trillion

But soda makers pull in $4 billion a year from food stamps.

Meanwhile in Colorado, you may have lost the right to own a gun but Democrats have just blocked a bill that would have barred collecting welfare cash from ATMs at strip bars. Gee, Democrats have funny priorities, don’t they?


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Those “Mayors Against Guns” are in the news again

Latest clown pointed his pistol at a 20-year-0ld (boy – does that matter?) and demanded he submit to oral sex. Like the rest of the gun-toting mayors who’ve joined Nanny Mike on this issue, he clearly is afraid of what he’ll do next.

And while he’s not a mayor, yet, here’s a drunken cop at a strip bar who fired his pistol through the bathroom door. G-string, G-man, what diff?


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A fitting tribute from a dying class


Oh please say you like me, pleeeze?

Oh please say you like me, pleeeze?

Representative John “Mr. Bi-Partisan” Mckinney to be awarded the Prescott Bush Award for most exemplifying what old guard Connecticut Republicans stand for – and if you can figure out what that is, by all means send us a clue.

We either dump this entire crowd or start a third party – either way, they’re past their expiration date.


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Riverside’s Brian Peldunas wins one for the kids

Math curriculum being switched from the abysmal “Everyday Math”, to the Singapore system. Congratulations to the school board for examining and then discarding a lousy pedagogical tool and implementing a better one. And everyone in Greenwich owes Mr. Peldunas a thank you for pushing so hard for this. Unlike some bloggers I know who kvetch endlessly and stop there, Peldunas pushed, and kept pushing. Only downside: if your kid’s already in middle school, she’s not going to benefit from the change – it’s starting at the earliest grades.

A committee of administrators, teachers and parents that began looking earlier this year at changing the curriculum is recommending a textbook, “Math in Focus: Singapore Math.” It would replace the current Everyday Math curriculum, which parents say was not teaching basic skills.

The review took place as Greenwich begins implementing common core standards, national standards for language arts and math that are intended to encourage more analytical thinking and in-depth problem solving.

Irene Parisi, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional learning, said of the programs the committee reviewed, Math in Focus is probably most aligned with the common core standards.

“We want to provide teachers and students with the appropriate resources for raising the rigor and closing the achievement gap,” Parisi said during a Board of Education meeting Thursday night.

If the school board approves the new curriculum, it will be implemented in kindergarten through fifth grades this year, followed by sixth through eighth grades in 2014.

Four different textbooks were considered during the review, and the group narrowed it down to two. Committee members looked at the curricula other districts have been using.

Parisi said Math in Focus includes the mathematical practices up front, and allows teachers to set a pace and provide flexibility depending on their students.

Brian Peldunas, who has a daughter in fourth grade at Riverside School, has long pushed the district to begin reviewing the math curriculum. He was one of seven parents on the committee, which also included several teachers, principals and administrators.

Peldunas has said Everyday Math doesn’t allow students to master basic skills. The curriculum continuously revisits topics without allowing students to master them, and doesn’t give students enough practice in basic number facts.

Math in Focus, he said, devotes enough time to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and provides appropriately challenging world problems. The text book is also simple and focused, with little distractions, he said.

Peldunas said the review process worked well, and at times he worked directly with teachers to evaluate the programs.

“Could we have gone into much more detail and examined everything to the nth degree? Yes, but it would have taken us an entire year,” Peldunas said. “Given what we had to accomplish, it was a very good process to get us to a conclusion.”

School board member Jennifer Dayton said she was “thrilled” the district was making the change, but was disappointed that they were delaying the implementation in the middle school for budgetary reasons.

“Remember, those people had to go through Everyday Math for all those years, and are coming into a middle school environment that already looks different, in terms of mathematics,” Dayton said.

Parisi said the district has already been doing work to align curriculum to the common core standards, and high school staff has been working with staff at the middle schools to help prepare students for taking algebra.


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