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It takes courage

I have always been proud to be a teacher, and I have always been proud of teachers. I have a button that says, “Teachers are my heroes.” It takes courage to teach. Teaching requires conviction. It requires self-confidence and a sense that one is doing the right thing in the right way for the right reasons. It requires people to do the right thing at the right time. It requires the resolve to stand up to the fact that we live in a society that is all too ready to assign blame to teachers when the artificial standards that society sets are not met. We are all too ready to declare that things need to be fixed, that we could do a better job, and that we could solve the problems of education. And now we must mourn the loss of six of our colleagues who died doing not what teachers do, but doing what heroes do.

School Is In — and still SAYing YES

School Is In

The success of education involves more than just a means for teachers to pass out information. It involves students having the opportunity to learn.

A lesson worth learning

School Is In

There is no question that in public education, parents and their children are entitled to certain things. What they are not entitled to, however, is the ability to tell the English teacher how to teach, the orchestra director who the first chair should be or the baseball coach who the first baseman should be.

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It takes a city: Syracuse City School District honors volunteers

To paraphrase the “It takes a village to raise a child” axiom, in Syracuse, it takes a city to educate a child.

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Venditte Rule(s) at Alliance Bank Stadium

It’s unlikely that Pat Venditte ever thought he would be the impetus behind the creation of a baseball rule, but when Rule 8.01 (f) was created, it was because of him. Pitching for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees against the Syracuse Chiefs last week, he threw lefty against lefties and righty against righties, giving up one hit and striking out four in the Chiefs’ 6-5 win.

A community of teachers

School is In

A dictionary will tell you that a teacher is “a person who teaches, especially in a school.” The emphasis, and implied responsibility, is on the designated teacher to direct the learning – to make it happen. That’s the view from the outside, but that’s not completely the way it is.

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Monster Trucks to jam out at Carrier Dome

Maximum Destruction renews rivalry with Grave Digger Saturday

When Tom Meents was a youngster, there was no reason for him to think that one day he would become the most successful monster truck driver in the world.

Some good news and some same old for Syracuse schools

School is In

On the down side, the newly self-appointed lobbyist for students, Governor Andrew Cuomo (see my last column for details), is already failing at the job. The good news is that five SCSD teachers demanded more of themselves, and earned National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Opinion: School is in, and the Governor is in the lobby

In his recent “State of the State’ address, governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he has appointed himself to a new position — that of self-styled “students’ lobbyist.”

School is In: More lessons learned outside of school

In the last week and a half I have been accused of not understanding sports, having something against cross country, being a bad journalist, being rude, butting in, having poor research skills, having a bad attitude, not grasping meaning, and a few more things. I have also been congratulated for my willingness to make a point, showing respect for my critics, my good writing, my respect for athletics and a few other complimentary things. All of these things stemmed from the preview of an article that I had not yet written.

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