mattwend:You really should do some honest research on Common Core,
and find what the facts really are. CC is far from simply a standard, or only
focused on math and language arts. It uses "language arts" to push a
certain social agenda and indoctrinate children away from values that have built
this country. Anyone who actually looks at the cirriculum or visits a classrom
can see that (if they have even a shred of honesty in them).One
example: How does having the book, "The Bluest Eye" on the national
reading list not specify what should be read by students?
Common Core is not curriculum. It does not specify what should be read by
students and it doesn't include anything but math and language arts
standards. There are groups out trying to malign the common core. It would be
best if they would use facts, not made up alarmist propaganda.
Congratulations on winning the title of teacher of the year. Do you know what a
teacher has to do to even get considered? They basically have to sell
themselves to the powers that be. It is still an honor, but I know many
teachers who deserve the award but refuse to take time away from their actual
teaching to fill in all the paperwork. Common core is another
First and foremost, congratulations! You have done a great job! As
far as English is concerned Ms. Riddle's major and specialty in teaching is
science,not English. Einstein knew a lot about science and as I recall he had
some problems with English, too. It must run in the family of scientists.
........is less about the specific content than it is........Oh, really!
I congratulate Ms. Riddle. The person that has my vote is Carol Bartholomew of
the Holiday school district. She has dedicated decades of hard work; even
working during the time she was fighting breast cancer. She has had to endure
the grief of the death of her husband last April, yet she continues on to
educate her children with an unwavering passion to do the very best she can.
I am glad she is a great teacher and one who actually cares about her children
but I am sorry she believes in Common Core. More people should actually do more
research on this curriculum and see that it is socialism in the beginning and
communism in the end. The higher the grade the worse the curriculum with way too
much adult content in some of the books.
Congratulations Ms. Riddle. All those who oppose common core should
read carefully what she says. Good teachers have already been teaching almost
all of what is in the "new" common core.
Good grief, how was anything she said "politicized?" Was there anything
wrong with what she said? Why must some people always look at things and people
from a politicized pair of glasses? Just because perhaps you don't agree
with someone doesn't make that person's statements
"politicized."As for Lindy Lou and Scouter, she's
correct in her usage of "that." "Who" can ONLY be used for
people. "That" can be used for things AND people. It is a misunderstood
rule. Look it up.
I'll just leave this here:"If (a student) has a supportive
parent at home that will get on board with me and really review things every
night, I can do good things."There you have it...an educator
right in the thick of things, and when a reporter asks her what she needs to be
successful, the first thing she says is supportive parents. Not smaller classes
(though that did come up later), new textbooks, or any of that stuff we get
wrapped around the axle about. The key to education is parents.
Congratulations Ms. Riddle! Its always nice to hear about all the hard work
these teachers do for our children. Keep up the good work and may God bless.
"A $10K cash prize, smartboard, laptop, gift card...and soapbox.Why
must teacher of the year be so politicized? Or was she egged on by a
reporter?"And if she had bashed the union, endorsed the new
"grading system", and demanded student vouchers, would you have the same
feeling about her "soapbox?"Here in Utah, we've heard
from everyone. Especially, the pro voucher (Parents Choice) groups and state
legislature full of private school cronies. The Dnews gets up on a soapbox at
least twice per week bashing public education and demanding (voucher) changes.
Finally, we hear from someone on the front lines. Someone who
actually knows what she is talking about rather than repeat the word or phrase
given by some lobbying group.Thank you for your words. Please, stay
on that soapbox! Your views are informative and definitely well appreciated.Rather than bash her, why not pay heed to her words? She, like many
teachers who are constantly ignored, may know a thing or two about education.Imagine that, educators might know more about education than lobbyists
and real estate developers! Who woulda thunk?
TOO - Lindy is actually right. When referring to a person, the proper usage is
"who," not that. I think it's a bit nit-picking, though. No one
speaks with perfect grammar all of the time. I often make the same mistake, but
I pick it up and correct it when I write.
JBQ,There are three children at the table in the picture. How can
you possibly tell that the two girls are "responding," but have
questions about the boy's engagement?And how in the world will
Common Core blur the differences between boys and girls?
Lindy-LouWhen was the last time you took an English class? You can
actually use either one of them. My teacher--who is regarded as one of the best
grammar teachers in the U.S. taught us that way. Maybe you should not be
critical instead of hating to be critical.
Congratulations to Ms. Riddle for an amazing achievement. Just a comment on the
logistics of teaching. Every stage of development is important. You can't
get to "physics" without being in fifth grade which is a cutting point
in psychological fine tuning. From the picture, it would appear that the girls
are responding to her nurturing. I am sure that the boys do as well. The idea
behind the "common core" is to blur the differences between boys and
girls. As a former high school "physics" teacher with Navy experience, I
do not think that this is a good idea. The U.S. Constitution classifies
education as a "state function". The idea behind a federal standard is
to work toward the obliteration of state control of education in the name of
socialist integration into making everyone completely equal. How 'bout
those Utes beating Stanford?
I hate to be critical, but a teacher, especially a teacher of the year, should
always speak using correct grammar. She said "that" instead of
"who" at least three times. Hm-m-m-m, no wonder I hear Utahns using poor
grammar all around me . . .
A $10K cash prize, smartboard, laptop, gift card...and soapbox.Why must
teacher of the year be so politicized? Or was she egged on by a reporter?
Congratulations, Ms. Riddle! Thanks for the 25 years of devotion to our children
in Utah. Thanks also to my grandchildren's teachers in Davis County. I
appreciate your hard work!