Tuesday, September 29, 2009

7,000 Greece/Hilton Kids Get Free Dictionaries To Take Home

$10,000 state grant provides dictionaries in third year of a five-year program to deliver them to all third-graders in the two school districts.

"We now have a school full of students with access to a resource they might not have had."  ~~ Craig Hill principal Melissa Pacelli

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SCATS ~~ But who will teach them how to use them? Have these kids learned how to alphabetize? Will spelling count now? Don't they still have spell-check on their computers?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What has happened to individual/family responsibility?

This year we have had:

$200 per child given to parents for back to school expenses.

Backpacks full of school supplies given out at many Rochester City School District Elementary Schools.

Free dictionaries for 7,000 students in Hilton/Greece.

If this is our greatest need in our community, lack of dictionaries, then we must not have many problems.

What are these students learning? It is not their or their parents' responsibility to supply education learning materials but "some one else" will get them for me free.

Government, community service groups or other individuals are always there to take care of me.

Cradle to grave government, what novel idea.

Enjoy

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

Unless there is a power outage can't we just use the computer and internet to find out the meanings and spellings and phonetics and derivations of the words? And if the family does not have the internet, the library at school should.

CoffeeReady said...

While my (2) kids did get dictionarys, we do have one at home. One of the two can not even bring it home until the year is over. For me it was a "political" feel good stunt and nothing more. I do feel that it was wasted funds. ( My kids thougth it was great, they are kids of course!)

SCATS said...

While I am all for kids having access to decent resources, I'm opposed to wasting resources too. Not so long ago, at least one Greece elementary school did away with hard copies of encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and of course the card catalog in the library. Ostensibly, this was due to the fact all of those things were available online. In reality, it turns out it is not only impractical, but darned near impossible to teach 3rd, 4th and 5 th grade students how to look things up without any visual cues to help them. Those visual cues are only available if you use the hard copy resource. Add to that fact that kids this young are just learning to spell (if that ... Greece isn't exactly known to be a district that worries about that skill until near graduation time) and probably haven't been taught or given adequate practice of their talents at alphabetizing things, and you've got an educational disaster in the making.

Are hard copies of the above items available in these schools? If not then this was just another "political moment" for Mr. Robach. Why am I not surprised?

Anonymous said...

I wish they'd pass out dictionaries to parents so we all know the texting lingo..;).

SCATS said...

To 2:01PM ~~ Now that is something that's available online:
TextingLingo

Anonymous said...

Exactly SCATS! Kids should not be given dictionaries to learn from. Lord knows the schools are making sure every penny possible is going directly to the kids so there's no need to give them actual books and stuff. Just give the schools the money. They know what to do with it.

Maybe they should just give the money to pay for a dredge. It's kinda almost like a fast ferry... and that did so well.

Wait a minute...

SCATS said...

To 5:44PM ~~ There is absolutely NO comparison between the fast ferry and having a dredge to keep Braddocks Bay open! Suggesting such is beyond ridiculous. And we don't need to buy a dredge to provide a passage for boats. We can hire it done.

Anonymous said...

accrdng 2 educators, sum hi skool studnts hu snd lots of txt msgs may B eroding their basic ritN skilz


(and I thought taking shorthand in high school was difficult!)

SCATS said...

To 6:13PM ~~ LOL !! What's really scary is that I was able to read your comment without difficulty ... geesh ...

Anonymous said...

Remember the old dictionary races in elementary school? (Last kid to find the word moved to the last seat in the class!) I know, probably would destroy our poor little darlings self esteem but we all learned how to use the dictionary like a pro! Too bad we don't teach spelling, grammar and how to use resource tools like a dictionary or other resources. For many it seems archaic because of the internet but it really isn't about the resource books, it is about self reliance, reading, understanding what you have read and most importantly many of the skills we learned in elementary school "trained our brain". As we got older, we learned advanced information using our "skills" from elementary school as a base. It is sad really to see our high schoolers flounder when asked to use an index, thesaurus, or read a nonfiction article for information. You would be amazed how many straight A students can't spell or do research. Not surprising when our district is more concerned about how many teachers use a smartboard instead of how many of our kids can read and spell basic words! Yes, before you try to guess, I teach in a high school and both my kids attend greece schools. As a result, I can't even count the money I have spent on workbooks for home and how many times I argued with my kids that not using a calculator wouldn't kill them and yes I meant it when I said "spelling counts in my book."

SCATS said...

To 8:26PM ~~ So many skills are no longer being taught it leaves me to wonder what IS being taught.

Anonymous said...

Good idea about hiring the dredger. (And if the city had done that with the ferry it might still be there.)
Maybe some other government entity should take responsibility for the dredging and get the oversight of the park. The state?

SCATS said...

To 9:59PM ~~ I think NY State handed that responsibility over to Greece via the DEC and the contract with the Town.

Anonymous said...

What is the advantage to the Town to have that contract? Contracts always have an advantage to both sides. Responsibilities as well. If the town is not carrying out the responsibilities stated in the contract then the contract should become null and the town should lose whatever advantages it has under the contract. It should go back to the state. And if the state plays ignorant they should be held accountable by the people.
Maybe I have missed some info on this issue but does anyone have the contract?
Uh-oh this discussion started with someone making an analogy between this and the ferry at 5:44. Sorry to be off topic but it got interesting.

SCATS said...

To 11:18AM ~~ You may have to FOIL that info to get it. But from a link I posted earlier (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24428.html), I found this:
"In 1982, the Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area consisting of 2,125 acres was transferred to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from the Office of Parks and Recreation. This transfer did not include approximately 375 acres which includes Braddock Bay Marina, Braddock Bay Park (day use area) and Beatty Point that was leased to the Town of Greece in 1981. To assure that the bay-marsh complex will be effectively and efficiently managed, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Greece entered into a management agreement in 1980. This agreement created a local review committee consisting of various interest groups which assist the Department and Town in the management of the area.