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April 12, 2010
Your editorial, "Invisible lives" (April 11), is a perfect example of the circular logic that further dooms the unfortunate children you want to help. The article describes the various abnormal, frightened and selfish behaviors of characters in the Lamont Davis trial and very properly identifies those as self-defeating, self-inflicted wounds. In my opinion you go off track when you express frustration that "most Americans refuse to take any responsibility for" the actions of this "frustrated and despairing underclass."
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NEWS
October 13, 2014
Commentator Ned Holstein makes excellent points about the values of shared parenting agreements ( "Joint custody should be the rule, not the exception," Oct. 8). As a policy analyst in very progressive California, Mr. Holstein and I have differing viewpoints on some issues; however, shared parenting has been proven time and again to be the most effective and beneficial custody arrangement. My particular focus regarding custody issues is on domestic violence - its prevalence, reduction and role in custody disputes.
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NEWS
August 28, 2012
Andrés Alonso doesn't get it - as evidenced by his decision to demote principals because their students had poor test scores ("Principals union head protests demotions," Aug. 24). Well, here was his chance to reach out to parents and ask for help. Why not? As a leader, Mr. Alonso lacks the foresight and intestinal fortitude to bring into the equation the parents of underperforming students. Here was his teaching moment. Isn't he considered the lead teacher of our school system? Can't he and his staff think this through and try another tactic?
NEWS
By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Over and again, Freeman A. Hrabowski called Howard County's African-American community fortunate to be living in "the richest county in the richest state in the richest country in the world. " Speaking at a "parent empowerment and engagement forum" in Columbia this week, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County then implored African-American parents to seize opportunities and resources within the county to help their children succeed. "A lot of people would like to live in Howard County," Hrabowski said.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
While I don't pretend to be an expert on the subject of education, the commentary by Larry Schmidt and Dallas Dance ("What kids need to compete," March 2) is yet another in the series of opinion pieces by "experts" appearing in The Sun overlooking the essential ingredient to any plan hoping to build a better education for our children. That essential ingredient is the parents. Boring perhaps, but as with most things, start with the fundamentals first. Get parents on board, improve those that are already on board, and you'll probably get to skip past half of the hurdles you currently have in the classroom and finally enjoy the pie in the sky which makes up the bulk of these expert opinion pieces.
NEWS
May 22, 2010
It was either when my 14-year-old daughter punched me as hard as she could after flying out to right field or when the coach took her aside to console her that "all softball dads are [unprintable word that nearly rhymes with lassos]" when I realized being a father to a high school varsity player is not nearly as easy as I'd expected. But here's my defense: Nobody taught me what it takes to be a supportive, loving parent to a high school athlete. Oh, the school's athletic director and coaches offered a preseason lecture.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | June 7, 2012
Busy Howard County parents will get the chance to learn how to make a healthy breakfast for children and adults. The Howard County Office of Children's Services is offering a nutrition workshop for parents on June 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bain Center (5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia). The interactive discussion, called "Start with Breakfast: Understanding Food Labels," will help parents understand why the first meal of the day is so important and how to read nutrition labels.
NEWS
January 11, 2010
One of the great joys of my childhood was playing along the railroad tracks with my friends. We'd love to lay pennies on the tracks for the trains to smash, and nothing comes close to the thrill of all that rumbling power passing just feet away. Our parents did not approve of this activity, but they did teach us the simple rule of Stop, Look, and Listen. It is obvious from this article ("Girl's death ratchets up debate on rail safety," Jan. 10) that this rule was not followed and tragedy was the result.
NEWS
March 27, 2010
I am so glad to see an educator address the most pressing problem in education, the parents ("The 'accountability' myth," March 26). I am a parent and grandparent who has done some substitute teaching and attained my teaching certificate. I have always believed that parents are the first teachers. If they encourage reading, word games and other educational venues early on, this provides the foundation for learning. And further, a parent wants their teachers to nuture the learning curiosity developed early.
EXPLORE
August 26, 2011
I have lived off of Centennial Lane for over 20 years. I sent three children to Burleigh Manor Middle and onto Centennial High. We did not need a traffic light in front of the schools. Now tens of thousands of comuters will need to leave 10 minutes earlier for work because of this light. All this money spent in the worst economy in 80 years to satisfy yuppie parents who feel their offspring are too good to ride a school bus or walk two blocks. Dennis Smith Ellicott City
FEATURES
Chris Kaltenbach, Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Faced with Friday's early afternoon playoff game, school officials and business owners in the Baltimore area are preparing for a day of empty classrooms and vacant work spaces. Sort of. "I don't know how big the number is, but there will definitely be some kids out," predicted Gilman School Headmaster Henry Smyth, himself an Orioles fan with tickets for Friday's game who faced the quandary of what to do. He and his two boys will not be going to the game, Smyth said. But he understands if some parents decide to make baseball the priority.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
A former Macy's and I Magnin executive will step in as brand president of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, part of the Hampstead-based Bank's integration into parent company Men's Wearhouse. Bank's new president, Paul Fitzpatrick, most recently served as president and chief operating officer of ESP Group Ltd., a designer of underwear, sleepwear and lounge wear. In another executive team change, former Jos. Bank executive Jim Thorne will become executive vice president of direct sourcing, overseeing Men's Wearhouse's overall product development, manufacturing and sourcing, the Houston-based men's apparel chain said Tuesday.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With the parents of Michael Brown in his congregation, the pastor of a North Baltimore AME church announced an initiative Sunday aimed at educating people about what they can and cannot do - and perhaps more importantly, should and should not do - when stopped by police. "We're bringing the whole community to arm them, not with weapons, but with information," said Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple Church, "so that they'll know what to do when I'm stopped by a police officer; when I am accosted what can I say, and what are my rights.
FEATURES
By Laura Barnhardt Cech and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
No parent wants to be in a position to use it, but child-safety experts agree that learning infant and child CPR is a must for every mother and father. "It's one skill that just doesn't come naturally to caregivers. It's a learned technique," says Lanny Dowell, Greater Baltimore Medical Center's parent education and doula coordinator. Courses are offered by many local hospitals and through the American Red Cross. First aid for choking is also taught in CPR classes. And some are combined with training on using defibrillators or with adult CPR. While parents can watch a video for instruction, it's helpful to practice on a mannequin, experts say. "Most people learn by doing," says Sarah Sherman, training center coordinator for the American Heart Association at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 21, 2014
My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids. Or so many of Adrian Peterson's critics would have you believe. Mr. Peterson, a star of the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested recently for child abuse after hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch. A "switch," for those who don't know, is a long twig. I should know, having been on the receiving end of quite a few. When no switch was available, mom was also known to employ a section of the orange plastic track from my Hot Wheels.
SPORTS
Susan Reimer | September 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been charged in Texas with felony child abuse for allegedly beating his 4-year-old son so badly with a switch that it left welts, bruises and cuts on his back, buttocks, legs and scrotum and defensive wounds on his hands. The child received the "whooping" from his father after fussing with another young child over a video game, and we are asked to accept this method of discipline and this level of injury as a cultural difference between black parents and white parents or between Southern parents and Northern parents, or between rural parents and urban parents, between parents of 40 years ago and parents of today or between rich parents and poor parents.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2010
About a dozen parents attending a workshop Thursday to address bullying shared stories of the pain, frustration and hopelessness that harassment can cause children. They came together with teachers and other concerned residents at a Baltimore school for the first of six sessions to address the issue. Mental health professionals from the Mariposa Child Success Programs led the city school system's community workshop in the wake of reports last week of chronic bullying at Gilmor Elementary.
NEWS
April 5, 2011
Regarding your article "City won't pay lead damages" (April 3), in my opinion judges grant large sums to plaintiffs in order to open up more lawsuits that benefit the attorneys representing clients who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. It is the parents who are unwilling or unfit to properly care for their fetuses and children who are responsible for birth defects and health problems. I applaud the city for saying no. Maybe the city should sue the lawyers that represented those lead paint plaintiffs to recover the money it spent on defending itself from such claims.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie | September 11, 2014
Getting their children into the Patapsco High School for the Arts, a magnet school in Baltimore County, was a dream come true, some Randallstown parents said. But then came the reality. From the northwest corner of the county to the school near Dundalk, the journey can take their children as much as two and a half hours one way on public transportation. And that, parents say, is unacceptable. A group of parents went to the school board this week requesting that there be a bus stop somewhere in the northwest area to take the 42 children who live there to the magnet school.
NEWS
William Chin | August 27, 2014
This month more than 50 million American children will report to our public and elementary school systems to begin another school year, bringing with them not only new books, laptops, smartphones and iPads, but also their parents' hopes and dreams for a bright and healthy future. Unfortunately - and often all too tragically - a growing percentage of students enter or return to school without the most important back to school requirement: vaccinations. These students are part of a new generation vulnerable to childhood diseases that have long since been under control but are now making a comeback due to parental misinformation and bad science.
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