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Shaker Road Elementary
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Ms. Bushey’s 4th Graders At Shaker Road Elementary Are Graduating! [AUDIO]

I always like to get the Reading, Writing and Rhyming progam out there toward the end of the school  year to see if we can capture (in song) the excitement of moving up to the next grade level.  Remember those days?   Well, these kids are ready!  They'll tell you about it in song.

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Screen Shot College of Charleston Website
Screen Shot College of Charleston Website
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Where Was The College Of Charleston When I Went To School?

This is graduation time, and it brings me back to my days at a great New York State school,  The State University College of Oneonta.  That's what it was called in the '70s.  But now I wish I went to the College of Charleston.  

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Can You Tell If Your Toddler Is Ivy League Material? Apparently So!

I'm all for letting your kid be "all that they can be".  And it's not a bad thing to challenge them.  In high school.  In Junior High School.  But expecting them to be Ivy League candidates in KINDERGARTEN?  This one lady is so convinced that she's suing the school for ruining the kid's chances!

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Child´s education Two girls read a story in the class of a elementary school
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Schoharie Elementary School Is The Best

It is!!!  Just ask the kids!  They'll break into song at any moment to tell you about it.  And I was lucky enough to be there to capture it with my handy-dandy recorder. 

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CHN: Mobile Polling Stations Help Maintain China's Rural Democracy
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This Time The Teacher Should Get Expelled

I was a teacher for 5 years before getting into radio on Eastern Long Island.  I hung around teachers all the time.  My theory back then was that teachers should not be blamed for what's going on in school

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photo by Richie Phillips
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Woestina Elementary Song Written By Staff (VIDEO)

Sorry, but this school gets an extra blog.  If you saw the other Woestina Elementary blog, you know that the school is possibly going to close due to budget considerations.  Of course, the whole community is concerned.   And you know that dedicated  staff members and former ones as well are worried as well. 

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aper Currency Is Designed And Printed At Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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Student Pays His Tuition in Dollar Bills In Protest

Nic Ramos wanted to make a point .  I think he succeeded.  To protest the price of college tuition, he stuffed a duffel bag full of DOLLAR BILLs and marched over to the bursar's office with the stash.

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Keane Elementary School Class Loves To Rhyme

I had another great time at another great school for the Reading, Writing and Rhyming Program. This time I visited Keane Elementary in Schenectady.  These were first graders ,and they were INTO it!! They were ready to rhyme, ba-by!

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Chinese Ethnic Minority Children In Xinjiang
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The Chinese Say Western Mothers Are Inferior

 

  This will get some watercooler talk going today!   I'm sure we'll be fighting it out on the morning show at some point as well.  According to the Wall Street Journal, there's at least one Chinese mother who feels that their country is MUCH better at raising successful kids.  How?  By not taking any ....crap!  I guess that's the best way to summarize this article.  This is a MUST read.

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Learning And Education In America

Yesterday, when my sixteen year old son came home from school, I asked him the ever annoying, and almost rhetorical question. "How was school today?"  After the obligatory, "fine."  I thought maybe a follow up question would be a nice touch. 

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Charity Begins in Charleton Elementary School

The Readin', Writin', and Rhymin' School Tour made it's traditional holiday stop at Charleton Elementary School in the Ballston Spa, NY area.  Keyboard under one arm, prizes from Hannaford Supermarkets under the other, I made my way into the classroom. 

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photo by Richie Phillips
photo by Richie Phillips
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Reading, Writing and Rhyming Program-How It Started

 The very first time I went to visit a school to write a song parody with kids, I walked out with my tail between my legs!  It was a high school senior history class.  OK, it was an 8th period class in May, so maybe I'm being too picky.  But let's put it this way--I ran out of that building so fast, they almost signed me up for the track team!

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