Comments: Thursday, May 2, 2019

  • Student discipline May 2, 2019

    Regarding “A better approach to student discipline” [President’s Perspective, April 4], I would suggest new ideas might be considered. There is a subtle violence against the students (and teachers) where publishers of curriculum aligned with the Common Core learning standards and other prescriptive directives serve the bottom line of these publishers and tie the hands of teachers — who are blamed for low reading scores.

  • Students deserve better leadership May 2, 2019

    It was great to read about the teachers at Forest Hills HS [“UFT chapter at Forest Hills HS votes ‘no confidence’ in principal,” April 4] taking action against a terrible principal. I tell people that although I greatly miss working with the kids, I am mercifully retired from the New York City schools. Let me just say that considering my experiences in the system, Betsy DeVos comes as no surprise.

  • Is there a place for religion in schools? May 2, 2019

    My wife receives the New York Teacher. I read the article about the UFT United Community Schools Showcase [“We’re building whole children,” April 4] and commend the teachers, children and various successes at PS/IS184.

  • A failing exam May 2, 2019

    I am a licensed 8th-grade English language arts teacher and reading specialist. In April, I proctored the 8th-grade ELA exam and encountered several problems.

  • Specialized high school admissions May 2, 2019

    Regarding “Stuy High and beyond” [Editorials, April 4]: Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to punish excellence and reward mediocrity by changing the admissions policy for the city’s specialized high schools. Perhaps your concern should be directed to the schools these less-gifted kids come from and not to where you would like them to go. If you want no inequity and total diversity in a society, I suggest you go to another planet.

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