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Re: “A few school board members are not acting in the best interest of our students

School board members are not paid, much less highly paid. They do receive a stipend -- I believe it is $25 per meeting -- hardly a fortune -- and several traditionally refuse theirs.

Clay, there are some at the district office that think they are invincible -- not the Supt but others. The public is not really included in decision-making like where and what kind of schools are built -- CCSD is very good at making it look like there is community involvement but it is a facade. One employee has been suspected and is under private inquiry into dealings in the name of the district.

Why these board positions seem to attract crazies is another matter. My best guess is that it is a relatively cheap seat to run for. Thank goodness there are some sane, sensible people on the board who care about our students, teachers, staffs and administrators than seeing their names in the paper.

Since you have no children, you are probably not aware that the majority of our students get no break, downtime, recess, playground time, or whatever you want to call it. By the time the buses get our children home, it is often 4:30 or later so homework does take up the only hour (if that) they have to go outdoors to play or walk or run or ride bikes before it is time for supper, bath and bed for the cycle to begin again tomorrow. Yes, some children benefit from homework. All children do not.

Experts agree that "downtime" is necessary for our brains to assimilate information. The average lunch period is 20 minutes or less and the only exercise most students get is walking to and from the cafeteria for the normal silent lunch. This lack of playtime not only doesn't benefit our children's ability to learn, it also directly contributes to the obesity rate that continues to grow. And if the school day continues on into the evening, when is this downtime to be attained?

Our public school system cannot continue trying to make round pegs fit into square holes -- one size doesn't fit all -- and all students do not need homework. Unfortunately our teachers are so bogged down in paperwork and are under constant threat of low test scores, they don't have the time to have individualized learning plans for each student. What we have now doesn't really work. Teachers have a classroom full of students that are as varied in the learning abilities as they are in their looks -- "inclusion" laws prevent schools from separating your A students from your C students until high school (then it is by student / family choice of classes -- not the school's choice), etc... even though it makes sense that teaching to these different groups has to be modeled differently. So this conglomeration of students all have to have several hours of homework each day to serve the few that actually need the constant reinforcement or those that didn't 'get it' during class. Homework essentially penalizes your students with the ability to recall and comprehend the materials when first presented. There are areas of the country and around the world that have successfully eliminated homework. So even though the message may have been rambling, it is a valid point. Our school board should be working on issues that allow each student to learn in an environment that they can thrive in, versus one that pits them to fail against an outmoded system.

Posted by ginjet on April 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Now serving lunch at 17 North Roadside Kitchen

Can't wait -- was craving tomato bisque and grilled cheese today!!

Posted by ginjet on November 18, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Re: “John Zucker takes the helm at Oak Steakhouse

Cru and Oak are not comparable -- one is a pricey lunch and one is an extravagant dinner. They both serve wonderful food but I wouldn't cross the Cooper River for Cru but have many times for the Oak. Dining at the Oak is an experience, not just dinner.

Posted by ginjet on October 11, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Sullivan's singing ban is latest effort to chase off visitors

The problem is NOT the people who grew up on the IOP and SI and FB. We expect visitors and have always welcomed them, helped push their cars out of the sand when they were stuck, let them use our water hose to get the sand off before they got back in their cars, offered our house phone when someone was sick or hurt and we are used to having our front yards look like parking lots and friends and family sleeping all over our houses all summer -- all of that and more is just life on the beach. The problem is the "daytrippers" turned residents! These mean people want to run some kind of locked compound -- they firmly believe that because they have enough money to buy on the islands that they should be in charge with ridiculous rules, common sense be damned, as long as whatever quirky ordinance they want is passed and enforced. This has lead to Gestapo-style police on the islands who truly believe they can stop and harass anyone with 'show me your papers' attitudes. True beach people are too friendly and laid-back and are just starting to realize these crazies have taken over our town councils so we are seeing more lifelong residents running for office so there is hope.

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Posted by ginjet on July 1, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Let's give Obama a chance at his own New Deal

Moredock's last remark was juvenile -- so what? It doesn't change the rest of the article. Instead of all the negativity, Congress should work together to refine the Administration's ideas. Constructive criticism offers solutions but naysaying is part of the problem.

Government programs that don't work (just off the top of my head): all farm subsidies, including those that pay farmers not to grow various vegetables and those that supplement the price of milk, etc.; the "war on drugs" is a joke; Social Security is on the brink of bankruptcy (depends on which report you read); "No Child Left Behind" with all of its unfunded mandates and unrealistic expectations that ALL children can learn exactly the same thing at the same rate

Posted by ginjet on March 6, 2009 at 12:32 PM
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