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How can we help our schools to become more competitive regionally?

A weekly community conversation about parenting issues in East Greenwich.

When state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist was in town Tuesday night, her talk at EGHS was dominated by questions about how East Greenwich public schools can become more competitive within the region and the nation. How can we help to make this happen?

La Dolce Vita March 03, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Is academic competitiveness the be all, end all for school age children? Families should be as concerned about their children being responsible, especially for their own actions, and caring for others. They should be teaching their children about manners, truthfulness, kindness, helping others; try the twelve points of the Boy Scout Law. I am concerned for our society as to this kind of competiton fueling the goals of our youngsters. There's more to life than high test scores and high wages.
Christine King March 04, 2011 at 03:40 AM
excellent point!
EG Lurker March 05, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Want to know why the U.S. is losing to the rest of the world? Because we are not pushing our kids...I moved to East Greenwich because of the schools, and I fully expect nothing but the best for my child (and my tax dollars). This country ranks in the middle of the pack in reading, and below average in math and science...and this should concern everyone. It's an embarrassment that we are supposed to be a global leader, yet people find humor in something like the Tonight Show's "Jaywalking" segment, where more people can identify Lindsay Lohan than Joe Biden. We've all heard the stories of kids not being able to identify places on a map, which is reality, not speculation. The dumbing down of America should scare us all... So is good behavior and strong moral character important for our children to learn? Absolutely. I agree with that 100%. But that should be taught primarily at home, and be an extension of what we teach in the classroom. We have become far too complacent in this country with coddling our children. Many sports leagues don't keep scores, and everyone gets a trophy - protecting our children from failure and loss only weakens their ability to work harder and strive to succeed. There are plenty of people in the world (and this country) that are educationally & morally successful - doctors, last time I checked, all need a college degree, and I for one would prefer to have a doctor that strives to be at the top of his or her class.

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