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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
David McCullough Jr. wants his students to stop expecting that everything will be handed to them. He wants the idea of 'everybody gets a trophy' to end. The Wellesley (Mass.) High School English teacher gave a controversial -- yet somewhat needed -- commencement speech entitled 'You Are Not Special.' He advised students to drop the false sense of achievement paradigm that has emerged in modern society and schools. So the relevance here lies in this: He told his students to not be like the Baltimore Orioles.
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July 8, 2014
I totally agree with Paul Marx ( "The bigotry of low expectations," July 3) about teachers not tolerating laziness. I was having this same discussion with friends just three days ago. Baltimore should take steps to raise expectations for students. It's been proven time and again that when expectations are high, students achieve, regardless of their social or economic status. Baltimore needs to be brave and endure the possibility of lower high school graduation rates while taking the necessary steps to get those students prepared for graduation and beyond.
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November 3, 2013
Regarding the Doug Gansler-beach party scandal, the 500-pound gorilla in the room that no one wants to talk about is the whole idea that graduating seniors should go to places like Ocean City for a week of "celebrating" ( "Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 24) I'm not sure why MADD or SADD or any other rational group has not taken up the cause to eliminate or curtail this event. Surely the rental people love it (especially the ones I've heard who are quick to evict and keep the money)
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
Leonard T. Schroeder Jr. was a North Linthicum native and a graduate of Glen Burnie High School, but 70 years ago he carved out a moment in history for himself when, on the morning of the Allied invasion of Normandy, he was credited with being the first American to step ashore in France. In the days following the invasion that marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe, Schroeder was cited in newspaper clippings as likely being the first American soldier to reach Europe in the amphibious invasion.
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November 9, 2005
Baltimore's graduation rate for African-Americans has risen above the national average. That may not be much to brag about, since the average is shamefully low. But the fact that more minority students in Baltimore, including Latinos, are earning a high school diploma might indicate that city school officials are on the right track with many of the high school reforms that were started three years ago. Despite improvements, however, no one should rest...
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By SARA NEUFELD and SARA NEUFELD,sara.neufeld@baltsun.com | April 22, 2009
Here's an excerpt of an entry posted Wednesday on The Baltimore Sun's InsideEd blog: America's Promise Alliance, the collaborative founded by Colin and Alma Powell to improve the well-being of youth, has a new report out today with on-time high school graduation rates in the nation's 50 largest cities. In Baltimore, the rate increased 7.7 points over a decade, from 33.8 percent in 1995 to 41.5 percent in 2005. The report, called "Cities in Crisis 2009," did its calculations slightly differently than the oft-cited Education Week rankings, but for Baltimore the results are about the same - and far lower than the city's official graduation rate as reported by the state: 62.6 percent in 2008 and 59 percent in 2005.
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By Sara Neufeld and Sara Neufeld,sara.neufeld@baltsun.com | October 29, 2008
At least 83 percent of Maryland's 54,628 public high school seniors have met the requirements on the state exams that are now mandatory for them to graduate, according to data released yesterday. But some districts, especially those with large minority populations, lag far behind. While Baltimore has customarily had the state's lowest test scores, the percentage of seniors who have completed the requirements on the High School Assessments was slightly better in the city than in Prince George's County: 64.9 percent compared with 64.5 percent.
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May 28, 2006
Carroll County Public Schools has announced graduation and certificate ceremonies for the 2005-2006 year. Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.: Carroll County Career and Technology Center certificate ceremony, Westminster High School. June 5 at 7 p.m.: Carroll Springs School graduation, Carroll Springs School. June 5 at 7 p.m.: South Carroll High School Career and Technology Center graduation, South Carroll High School. June 6 at 7 p.m.: Gateway School graduation ceremony, Carroll Community College, Scott Center.
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By Bonita Formwalt and Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 19, 1999
"SO, IS SHE handling the graduation preparation well?" my sister asked my son, who is scheduled to graduate from Glen Burnie High June 2. "Do you think she can deal with the event in a mature, joyful manner?Peeved, I began to protest the assumption that I could not be trusted to act in an appropriate fashion, but my words were obliterated by the whimpering sound that escaped my throat instead."Tissue alert!" my son called out as I struggled to regain my composure."If you can't even handle hearing the word `graduation,' what do you plan on doing at the actual ceremony?
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Staff Writer | December 4, 1992
After several months of debate, the Baltimore County school board last night adopted high school graduation requirements that exceed state standards in social studies and physical education but are lower than current county requirements.The vote was 5-3.The majority was concerned that students would not get all the lessons they need to become good citizens if the social studies requirement was lowered. They also felt that students would not get enough exercise and would not get in the habit of healthy exercise with a lowered physical education requirement.
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By Nayana Davis and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
Two people were arrested in connection with a large fight that broke out outside a Baltimore County high school graduation Monday. The violence erupted after the ceremony about 12:30 p.m. outside Towson University's SECU Arena, where the event took place, according to the college's police department. Dante Smith, 23, of the 2300 block of Tucker Lane in Woodlawn faces charges of assault and resisting arrest, police said. Natanya Johnson, 33, of the 3400 block of Retlaw Road in Gwynn Oak was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct.
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Stephen B. Awalt | May 15, 2014
Over the next few weeks, graduation gowns will be discarded for shorts, bikinis and sandals as local high school graduates swarm Ocean City for their annual spring rites. Some will stay on for the summer as waitresses or busboys, others staffing the candy stores and French-fry stands along the boardwalk. A few dozen others will bear late May's cold water and waves and try out for the Ocean City Beach Patrol, as I did 37 years ago. When I graduated from high school in the mid-1970s, the political upheavals of the late '60s and early '70s were behind us, and my friends and I wandered through life without the calling or purpose of our immediate predecessors.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Nick Adenhart never played for the Orioles, but five years after the Maryland native's untimely death at age 22, he still has a lasting impact inside the Orioles' clubhouse. Orioles right-handed pitchers Darren O'Day and Miguel Gonzalez, two undrafted free agents who have both developed into successful major leaguers since Adenhart's death, played with the Los Angeles Angels' top pitching prospect in that organization's minor league system. Both cherish their brief friendships with Adenhart that were forged through their time in the minor leagues.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
During a lull in the first quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl , Ellicott City native Raj Suri screamed and looked at his friend Ryan Andersen, who was in tears. After months of nervous anticipation, the commercial they had submitted for the $1 million Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest was airing for more than 100 million viewers across the country. "I called my wife, I called my parents," Suri said. "My phone buzzed, literally, every second for about 12 minutes. That's not an exaggeration.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Dr. Peter C. Maloney, an internationally known biochemist who was a professor of physiology and associate dean for graduate students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died Dec. 12 of cancer at his Bare Hills home. He was 72. "Peter was such a wonderful person who did everything with grace and fairness. He was beloved by everyone," said Dr. William B. Guggino, professor of physiology and vice chair for research in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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November 25, 2013
The city social services workers who sent dozens of local foster care youth to an unlicensed out-of-state religious school that hands out high school diplomas in exchange for a $500 fee and a single day of tests may have thought they were helping smooth the way to higher education or a job. In fact, they were perpetuating a cruel hoax by giving the youth the impression they met all the qualifications for college or a career when in fact they had not....
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff writer | June 9, 1991
Curtis Frizzell has been waiting for this day for a long time.Today, Frizzell and 271 other South Carroll High School graduates will receive their diplomas during pomp and circumstance at Western Maryland College."
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | December 24, 2003
IN 1987, John J. Cannell, a West Virginia physician, discovered that all of the states were reporting above-average scores on standardized tests. Cannell called this the "Lake Wobegon effect," after Garrison Keillor's mythical town where "the men are good-looking, the women are strong, and all the children are above average." Cannell's discovery came to mind Monday, when the Education Trust, a Washington-based student advocacy group, said all but three states (Utah, Idaho and Oklahoma)
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November 3, 2013
Regarding the Doug Gansler-beach party scandal, the 500-pound gorilla in the room that no one wants to talk about is the whole idea that graduating seniors should go to places like Ocean City for a week of "celebrating" ( "Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 24) I'm not sure why MADD or SADD or any other rational group has not taken up the cause to eliminate or curtail this event. Surely the rental people love it (especially the ones I've heard who are quick to evict and keep the money)
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By Erin Cox and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
As a 4-year-old boy bounded to the electronic blackboard at Battle Grove Elementary School in Dundalk, Principal Jennifer Gounaris described the financial and logistic challenges she has overcome to open the pre-K classroom. The result, she said, was worth it. "These kids are going to kindergarten reading," Gounaris said. "See? They're already telling stories and identifying characters. You can totally see the benefit. … Every kid should have their first experience in school this way. " The three Democrats vying to be governor all have plans to expand such programs, eventually offering publicly funded pre-kindergarten to every Maryland youngster whose parents want it. The proposals have been met with enthusiasm from the party base and in education circles.
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