Comments by tactfultina

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Schools are failing across

Schools are failing across the state and yet he wants kids to work. Kind of got his priorities backwards doesn't he. I graduated near the top of my class and worked but it was a major struggle without having the added stress of standardized tests. I would not want either of my children to have to work while they were in school and during the summer if they chose to work it would be fine but there are still many children out there who are too immature to handle a job regardless of the time of year. The school department would be in a better position to know if the child could even handle the responsibility of a job.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Mr Gravel not Me.

Mr Gravel not Me. Gravel....typo that I do apologize for

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Just maybe Me. Gravel you

Just maybe Me. Gravel you need to learn to shop around and change your policy. Or is it that you are one of those higher income individuals that have been getting things so cheap and now you have become a miser?

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Maybe Mr. Timberlake's family

Maybe Mr. Timberlake's family should stop getting harvest help from outside this country and start hiring Americans to do the work and provide them the benefits. I have a problem with employers going outside this country for help when we have so many unemployed people right here.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

I am so glad you think it is

I am so glad you think it is that easy to overcome a fear of test taking. Kids today have had so much pressure put on them at a young age to do well on these tests that it isn't funny. Arguing for an oral exam will open up just as large a can of worms as arguing for no standardized testing. And it is funny that you should mention special treatment....do you even have a clue as to what it takes to get basic accommodations in today's public school system for necessary things? The schools have no funds to pay for the special accommodations needed by some and they are constantly having to pick and choose what they can provide so the parents are jumping hurdles having to prove why their child needs these things. But then again, when I think of who made the comment it all makes sense...you always think you have all the answers without being in the reality of the situation. I would love you to walk a mile in the shoes of some of the people I know....you wouldn't last the day.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

This has nothing to do with

This has nothing to do with listening to any "hogwash". My opinion is based on real life experience. I have a brother who could not pass a written test for the life of him, however, if you asked him the questions verbally he could answer them all. I have a son who suffers from testing anxiety and struggles to pass exams of any kind....yet he can tell you exactly what the answer is when he is asked. Not every person tests well and tests should not be the ONLY way to measure their competency.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Maybe instead of a competency

Maybe instead of a competency test or any other standardized test we should let the teachers teach. Let the students learn. And get the government to actually fund education in the way that Maine people voted for. You cannot compare Lewiston SAT results to other schools that do not have the diverse population. You need to take ALL aspects into consideration and standardized tests have always been unfair...at one point it was unfair to girls, now it is also unfair to the ELL students. There was a time when the SAT was only for those planning on going into college, now it is required for all, even those that have no interest in furthering their education.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

This is a joke. If they want

This is a joke. If they want to save money on welfare then maybe they should talk to past and present recipients to find out what worked and what didn't, what was needed and what was not needed. There need to be jobs out there for people to go to work. These jobs need to pay enough so a recipient can get off state aid completely and not just partially. Barriers to work need to be addressed, for example, day cares are expensive and do not always meet the needs of the family in regards to times they are needs. People work nights and weekends not just during the day. They need to look at the medical costs that are charged by doctors and hospitals. Bring those costs in line and they might just see a major savings. Stop giving contracts to out of state agencies to deliver a service here in Maine that is not working ..i.e. transportation to appointments. Stop making changes that make things worse not better....calling DHHS in Lewiston can lead up to a 30 minute wait for someone to answer, going in to DHHS in Lewiston can lead up to a 1 -5 hour wait to see someone (that is time that could be spent training or job searching). They are not just reviewing the Mainecare program but DHHS services in general. And again this contract went to an out of state agency. What happened to keeping money in Maine?

DONALD FERLAND's picture

There are other treatments

There are other treatments for ADHD besides drugs. Working with counselors and other professionals to help teach children coping skills and how to focus better. And in today's world ADHD in children qualifies many of them for an SSI check. My son is ADHD with O.D.D. (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) and is medicated. When on his medication he is able to focus and not be disruptive to other children and is very successful in school. We have coupled a small dose of medication with counseling and other supports to help teach him how to be successful. We have a plan at the school so that when he feels he is overwhelmed and ready to be disruptive he can put himself in a self-imposed "time out" in order to pull himself under control. He has used this very successfully in the last couple of years and has only had one detention and one suspension since he started school and he is now in 8th grade. While I agree that we want kids to know that certain things are expected from them, we also need to teach them the tools to use to help them be successful and to control their behavior. It takes a lot of hard work on everyone's part to do this.

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It is not just the boys.

It is not just the boys. This generation of girls is as bad, if not worse, then the boys. There are so many changes that we need to make with the next generation. The first of which is going back to old school ways of raising them not just letting them grow up. Parents are afraid to discipline their children because there is always the threat of being turned in for "child abuse". Teachers hands are tied with so many rules and regulations that they cannot always keep control of the students and when they discipline the students with detentions many parents try to fight it and tell the teachers that they cannot give detentions because it interferes with this, that or the other. It is time we stop making excuses for our children and start raising them and teaching them better morals,ethics, and appropriate behavior.