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Nichole Carter December 9, 2013 at 09:34 am
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Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 09:23 am
Rockwood 25 - I am glad to hear it! 'The Absorbent Mind' is a great book. If you haven't already,Read More you may want to look into 'Montessori Madness' by Trevor Eissler or 'Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius' by Angleline Lillard.
jlward August 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm
I would like to know how a school district can get so bad that they have to close it down. Is itRead More because of incompetent teachers??? Please explain to me how 2 school districts in St. Louis could go that far as to not do anything about the childrens learning and test grades.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 05:29 pm
jlward – you are asking a very big question that may have as much of a socio-political answerRead More as an educational answer. I do think, though, that this is a great time to have a broad conversation about the nature of education, and what we want as a community for our children. We should be talking about the nature and value of testing, looking at various educational models to understand how and why they work, asking about the role of the community in education, and making sure that we know what our options really are. It’s a big conversation, and it will require a lot from us, but it is good and necessary. The stakes are high.
The gym at Francis Howell Central High School was filled to standing-room-only at a town hall meeting about upcoming transfer students last week. Photo Credit: Jared Grafman
ray faulkner July 31, 2013 at 03:28 am
A few bad apples can spoil the barrel, these "kids" have seen and lived through things weRead More never will. Violent fights daily, guns in the school, rape, and extortion. I would love to think that only good kids will be transferring, but even they have been effected by the negative stimulus to always be on the defensive. Their posturing and behavior even on the best of days will seem intimidating to students and staff that have not lived as they have.
Rich Marshal July 31, 2013 at 04:39 pm
Show me one failing district whose kids are bused to a another school where that district improved.Read More We've been busing kids for 4 decades to what avail? Look at the data at any of the receiving schools and you will see large differences in test scores by race. Nothing about this situation will change that. Maybe these kids should choose to attend the University City school district. After all, it's much closer and their good liberals are color-blind. Oops, the UC school district is rated only slightly better than Normandy and RG. I wonder why a city that is 50% white has a high school that is 90% black. I can think of only one reason.
heidi August 17, 2013 at 11:35 am
The district began by saying it could accommodate 100 students from Riverview & Normandy. ThenRead More it changed that number to 175. Next we were going to take 152, but still only had room for 175 students. Now we’re taking 186? Is this because of the strong-arming of the ACLU? NAACP? What sort of transparency is this when the numbers keep magical changing before our eyes? What sort of a fix is this, Kurt? At the end of your article you stated "What is the problem? I can think of only one thing." What were you trying to insinuate, Kurt? More of that liberal racism card we hear bellowed at every turn?
The Francis Howell School District listened Thursday night to concerns about transfer students from Normandy. Photo Credit: Jared Grafman
Tina July 23, 2013 at 05:54 pm
It would be unfair for me to lack understanding for concerns and fears of all parties affected orRead More tied to the Normandy School District student transfer because there are some legitimate issues that must be addressed in order to maintain and continue to deliver a quality education for our children. The impulsive, emotionally charged, biased thought(s) that are formed in our minds should end right there; in your mind. We should challenge ourselves to self-reflect and to be unbiased as we refine our negatively charged thoughts. We need more clean thinking and solution-oriented discussions and while the mindless overstatements and self-serving chatter will continue we really need to focus on filtering the usefulness from the useless information. The absence of self-restraint is grossly immature and has no place in an educational atmosphere and topics about children. While many of us have used media outlets, social media, and town hall meetings, etc. to vent, lets move on to the next step. The door has been opened for many to feel empowered to say mean and hateful things that are directed at children, and it is such a shame that the energy that has fueled these disputes were ignited by fear, outrage, and with all due respect incompetence. There is always a why behind the what and in contrast we, the Francis Howell Residents did not sign up for this and any unwanted or increased large classroom sizes, bullying, , and hostility when we chose to move into the school district to build and grow our families. I get that, but what I don't get is this loser mentality, and succumbing to the idea that everything that this community has built will be destroyed because our schools will be shared with underprivileged children. Lets talk about winning. The Normandy Students are being far too dehumanized and they do deserve a chance and the outcome of their success will be a gift that keeps on giving... I believe in our successful school system and a quality school system just can't break that easy.
mark July 23, 2013 at 06:04 pm
Msjonas keep your a-s out of our affairs . Are you proud to live in probably the most corrupt stateRead More in the country. If so why would the entire state be referred to as chicago politics. You must be stupid if you think I believe you would like to have the east st. louis thug students bused in to your school district . The big question is why should they leave normandy when the teachers make more money they have one of the largest campus around. Like riverview normandy has been ripped off by the black school administrations . This is just another case of black on black crime. This is really bad when you steal from the students that you represent. Another thing when you transfer from one fh school to another fh school all your records go with you. Why do these students not have to provide all their records good or bad. If this is forced on us we deserve to know each students background good or bad(I mean our schools should have this information before one student sets foot in any of our school)s. You talk about being a Christian I am and I give a lot to charities but I also believe in charity starts at home and take care of yours first. Out here most of the parents attend teacher conferences and know what is going on in the schools. The attendance at the meeting at fhc had standing room only and some had to stand outside. Yet I hear the attendance at their meeting was not so heavily attended and I don't know for sure but I don't imagine there is any more attendance at the teacher conferences . You reap what you sow
Guy December 17, 2013 at 06:33 am
Some of you that are bleeding heart liberal pukes disgust me!
Fred Oompahloompah July 11, 2013 at 02:28 pm
The Supreme Court makes a ruling and says you people deal with it. Never mind the overwhelmingRead More problems and conflicting policies that must be dealt with in a matter of a few weeks. Catch 22! Melville knows how to block this, why not FHD!
Tina July 17, 2013 at 01:54 am
I believe that the residents that reside in the Francis Howell School District have (2) major fears:Read More "Don't hurt my kid (s)" and "Don't drop district test scores. " While both concerns are very legitimate we should truly lend our minds to a solution because the Normandy Students are coming. Perhaps we can develop and implement a program designed to help the Normandy Students with their transition and to help FH Students appropriately embrace their new classmates. It is very inappropriate to view the Normandy Students as undeserving sub-humans that do not deserve a chance at a better education, while we know that our own children are capable of some of the same nuances, which makes some of us hypocrites. These are children and not all of them are "trouble. " For example, there are Normandy Students that are joining sports and many of them that are participating in the summer practices are Honor Roll Students that have no disciplinary record and they are determined to win. Are you going to be selective about who you are cheering for when we are winning and it becomes obvious that there are good apples that are mixed in the basket with a few rotten ones... We need the help of non-biased, culturally sensitive volunteers and elite educators/staff to assist with this fast approaching merge. The solution is wherever over reaction is not. It is an over reaction to take flight and move, you'll be likely to move into debt or tight finances (diving into unnecessary risks) because more likely than not you are house locked (upsude down in your home/no equity) and you'll nearly have to give youe house away to get out of it or bring funds to the closing table to buy your way out of your own home. Absolute statements tend to be false and with that being said I am sure that Normandy School District will introduce us to a few exceptions to your overstatements about them being thugs and underachievers. Where is your confidence in your great school district (FH)? While some say FH is not prepared, name for us a school that is prepared for such a merge??? Albert Einstein said it best ~ "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with the problem longer..."
Freedom for all July 18, 2013 at 07:56 am
Your quoting Albert Einstein?? Oh boy. Unless you have lived this which I have. You have no ideaRead More what your talking about. So all of the idiots that say anyone that opposed this is a racist, you are just that an idiot. If this school was all white with these problems I would say the same thing. Take a ride over to Normandy, it is a nice building, large enough to hold capacity. The teachers are good teachers. How do you think by moving to another "building" in a different area is going to change the student. Well imbecile it's not. What will it do then? The magic question. It will destroy another school district just like it had EVERY SINGLE OTHER TIME. It has never worked. If you are smart get your high school kids out of Francis Howell as soon as is possible. It is a hard thing to do when you have established yourselves in a good community with great schools I know. Biting have moved from the Normandy area because of the same type of students. The teachers will not be able to stop their behavior. It will take years and years to maybe cycle these students out of that mindset. By then the grief and misery it caused will have already destroyed the school and this community. I have seen it with my own eyes more than once and unfortunately it just got worse.
Ann Learner July 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm
@Freedom for all and the others, I am white and lived in Normandy from '71-92 and my childrenRead More attended Jefferson Elementary through 6th grade. I also worked at Normandy SH in 1971, where the white kids (the overwhelming majority) beat up the Blacks (a very small minority) and the "long hairs". I would not have sent my kids to the JR or SH in 1970, but the problem was not the Blacks. I watched Northwoods empty in a year, yet Pasadena Hills is still mixed some 40 years later. Black don't cause a drop in property values, the stampede of frightened whites does. Normandy students are not moving to FH; they will just be bused to school there similar to the 30 yr old deseg program. The guess is that there will be about 600 spaces available to Normandy students in FH, where there are 17,000 students. That is 3.5 students per 100 or about 1 student to a classroom. Can you find a neighborhood in St Louis Co that now has lower property values, or a school district that is struggling to maintain its scores because Blacks are being bused in? There were rough starts for some district in the deseg program, but some 15 district are still choosing to be in the program years after being released from the court order. In fact, in 2004, when Clayton was considering if they should stay, 600 HS students signed a petition demanding to continue with the program And Mark, I was at the FH Town Hall meeting last night. There is a mix of opinions in the district and not all FH residents are fear mongers or racists, just like not all Normandy kids are behind or dangerous. There are large numbers who plan to work to see that ALL the students get a good education at FH in a welcoming environment. Most of the coverage showed the spectrum, but what I saw on Ch 4 only featured the alarm. @William Braudis, you are right about the wisdom of stopping the running, and if all the whites stopped running you wouldn't be stuck in fox holes. You would have livable neighborhoods and quality, diverse schools.
mark July 12, 2013 at 02:59 pm
Ann it must be nice to live in a fantasy world maybe it was the drugs you were taking back then.Read More Take a poll of all the people out here from n.c. blackjack, spanish lake, ferguson, dellwood ,st ann woodson terrence, berkeley ,and I could continue with other names but I think I proved my point. I came from florissant take a poll of the people that are still stuck there that they cant get enough for their homes so they could buy one out here. I worked for the florissant post office for 37 years . I watched housing hit rock bottom because of government mandated changes . This was at the expense of the majority for a small segment of people that have ruined a very beautiful part of st. louis county. I watched river roads, northland,northwest plaza,and now jamestown mall ruined by the large influx of the population that ruins almost all areas where they become the majority .You might think I am a racist I am not .I am a realist this country is afraid to speak up against the anything that the blacks do. Go on the internet and see the unbelievable increase since the first of the year of black on white crime and the lack of media coverage and their excuses for their behavior. We are all americans let us all be treated the same. The most important way to achieve equality for all of us is to give the most qualified individual what ever they are seeking because they deserve it. Not because they are black, female,gay or any specific segment but because they are the most qualified, most experienced,most deserving, and have earned what they seek. Stop free stuff earn what you want. Dont destroy other peoples advancement because you think everybody owes you free stuff or what they have worked hard to achieve because you have not. A good motto to live by is moochers elect looters to steal from producers. What I have I worked for nobody gave me I earned it with the help of my wife. We dont believe in free stuff . So why do some people believe they deserve what I have earned by a life time of hard work while they expect my hard earned achievements to help pay their way. God says help the needy he dose not say take care of the lazy non achievers
William Braudis July 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm
Ann Learner, you are showing that you have absolutely no idea about what you are saying to thisRead More subject I challenge you to drive down to West Florissant and Floy Ave. Park your vehicle and take a slow leisurely stroll throughout this neighborhood. Oh, I forgot, this must happen between the hours of 11:00 PM.,and 4:00 AM and on a clear, warm evening. If you are, or, your body is ever found you will be remembered
Sarah April 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm
The link in this story leads to another Patch article. Additionally, the St. Louis Post-DispatchRead More didn't publish this editorial, the St. Charles County Suburban Journal did: http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/stcharles/opinion/in-our-opinion-expel-notion-of-closing-a-st-charles/article_48a930e5-64d0-5f0c-b62c-f0b85c4d2e4a.html
PaulRevere April 6, 2013 at 06:34 pm
I certainly agree with the school board on this one. 1 year absence is long enough. I just hope MrRead More Spencer uses his inside experience with public schools to start making a case in Missouri's House that "Our Education funding system is a Ponzi scheme". The whole system is bubbling to self-destruct anytime. My Plea to Rep. Spencer and all Missouri legislators. Let's debate the public school Ponzi scheme perpetrated on all residents and businesses. A payscale lifestyle that no other Missourian can achieve. Unlimited wages/benefits earned solely from Taxation is not ever going to stop massive education cost increases. Depending on property values and new home constructions is "PONZI STYLED FUNDING". (Maybe I'm just dreaming a "teacher" of 22 years would even note what I just wrote.)
PaulRevere April 6, 2013 at 06:36 pm
If anyone needs an explanation of what a Ponzi scheme is , Think Bernie Maddoff!!! If you still needRead More an explanation, Just ask.