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Graduation: Expense or Investment?

Today I attended the graduation of eight men (plus one who was already released) who took a course offered by Berkshire Community College at the Berkshire County House of Corrections.  They learned about landscaping.  I was one of the instructors; … Continue reading

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Education, Maybe It Should be Poetry

I was going to put this into my last post, but it would have probably obscured the point I made. As I was writing my last post I started to ask myself what is education’s purpose.  We test our students … Continue reading

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Losing Sight – This is Bad

At least for me I find myself shaking my head a lot these days when I read the news.  (Just a note for reference, I don’t watch television news.  I do listen to NPR, though, and some of those stories … Continue reading

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Get Serious about Public Education

Recently the Pittsfield Public Schools, although eligible for Race to the Top funds from the US Department of Education, did not file its application on time and, thus, will not receive the funds. The reason was that the school administration … Continue reading

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You Mean to Tell Me that We Can’t Afford $2000?

Yesterday’s Berkshire Eagle reported that the Family Literacy Program, a program operating as a part of Pittsfield Public Schools, will close on June 14 because a state grant which funded much of the program will end.  The district’s Adult Learning … Continue reading

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Commencement Where You Don’t Expect It

I finished teaching at the local house of correction a couple of weeks ago. Last Tuesday I attended the commencement ceremony for the ten men who went through the course. Berkshire Community College administered the program funded by a $15,000 … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Business, Governor

I think there are very few people in this nation who are not at least aware of Governor Romney’s comments last week about poor people.  When asked to clarify his comment that he was not worried about poor people because … Continue reading

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The Band was Missing

Both the high school bands were missing from our recent July 4 parade.  The teachers were without a contract for months and had voted “work to rule.”  They worked to their contract terms, which meant that the school band teachers … Continue reading

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