Monday, February 05, 2007

Keeping Students informed

I am posting this to help a fellow student get their point across. I saw this on Mrs.Moritz's blog G-Town Talks, but it was deleted shortly after. Therefore I was asked to post it here so that all students can read it. To understand the references to people refer to Mrs.Moritz's blog ghsprincipal.edublogs.org.

Mrs. Moritz,
This is a very hot issue in the minds of several of your students right now. I would have to agree with both Joe and David's posts. I also, would have to completely disagree with the other 7 comments. It is obvious to me, as an affected student (that yes, does know the whole story) that Joe and David are also students, and most likely involved.
I would like to start out by clearing the slate, this was the fault of several different people. The student that cheated, this students friends, the students who told, the teacher, and you, the principal.
This sounds harsh, however, you have a responsibility to protect all of your students, and you have failed to do this. You asked 4 students to trust that you and the teacher would handle this properly, this is something that you have not done. You offered these responsible, honest students a solution that they agreed to, thinking that action would be taken. However, when they got to class the next day, this CHEATER still had the 100. For you to say that this is not CHEATING because anyone could have done it is outrageous! This attitude has lead to numerous students stating, "I guess I was just too stupid to go cheat." To have students responsible enough to come to you and say, "There is a problem and I need you to take care of it" is, a blessing, especially when in regard to something as serious as CHEATING on a mid-term exam. To say to these students, "Trust me and I will" and then not, is a lie.
Before I continue, I would like to make it known that the student that was promised a solution, who gave you their word that they would drop it, has. This is now other students coming to you in frustration at the lack of respect you showed those 4 honest students. I hope that you realize that had you taken action when you promised that you would, this would not be continuing almost 3 weeks later.
Throughout this whole ordeal, blame has been placed on a variety of people, as I mentioned above, this is just. However, the blame is being thrown around so that there has been no conclusion. I would like to refer back to one of your personal comments, "One of my requests is that they completely align the mid terms with the Regents" (Cheating or Initiative) As a principal, I would imagine that you are familiar with the regents guidelines. One of our responsibilities as a student is to sign a proclamation stating that we had no prior knowledge of the test questions and no assistance in answering said questions. It is true that the teacher violated this in administering the same test for 3 days, however, he did not provide the answers. So yes, everyone of these students were wronged by having to sign these with having seen the questions in advance to their answering them, however one student signed having received not only the test but also the answers. If this is not CHEATING, it is at least lying and violating the rules given to every high school student in the entire state. Why is this OK for one Gowanda student? In an actual Regents exam, this students test would have been confiscated and destroyed. All that the students who did not CHEAT asked was that this student take another exam. The teacher offered to change the numbers in the same problems and re-test this CHEATER.
Had this student truly earned a 100, they would have no problem re-taking the exam. In fact, it would have been a proud moment for them to prove their intelligence. This student would have undoubtedly gained several apologies and respect. By arguing this re-take, I feel that it reinforces the accusation of CHEATING.
In respect to Joe's comment "the only reason that this person did this is to improve their class rank." (comment 8) No, I do not credit this act as one based solely on class rank. However I am well aware that the student that CHEATED is in a race for the spot of Valedictorian against another student in the same class, who earned a lower grade, and this will greatly affect their chances at this honor. Joe also stated "... a retest and an apology would be the proper thing to do. but no one will stop until someone admits that they are wrong because it is unfair to those students who took their tests straight up and didn’t test." I also made the readers of this aware that this is ongoing because nothing was done about it.
To refer back to David's quickly, "the teacher should mix it up not be dumb and give the same exact test as he found on the internet the teacher needs to not be lazy. But the student should also be punished for it." (Comment 6) As you have stated, there is a significant amount of blame to be placed on the teacher. I do not consider a re-take a "punishment", the normal punishment for CHEATING would be a 0 on the test accompanied by a few days suspension. I cannot understand why this case was simply swept aside. David also made the point that "I think you should get the real story on here and fix what you put into your blog." I agree 100 percent on this. With the lack of respect that you showed the honest students by not helping them, you owe it to them to at least right the story that you got wrong.
Just as an example to reinforce the fact that honest students now are feeling like they are being slighted because they did not CHEAT, I will include an excerpt from Crystal "For those who are questioning if students are learning anything from getting the answers off-line, students still need to show work on parts II, III and IV on our math tests and this is true in the sciences as well. The answer keys provided do not show how to get the answers, only the end result. So a student who goes on-line to get problems to study from, still needs to figure out how to get to the answer of the problem, and isn’t the process more important than the answer anyway?" This is not true, when you have the exact question in front of you it is a matter of memorizing the answer, not the process.
For some reason, I feel that I need to include the definitions, in the mind of a student, of both CHEATING and studying. It is becoming apparent to me that teachers are confused on the meaning of these words. To myself, as a student, studying would be looking over previous class notes along with looking at old Regents exams online. CHEATING would be defined, in my mind, as someone taking 24 questions off a mid-term, finding the exact questions and answers and printing them out to "study" before the exam.
I apologize for taking so much of your time, however I am hoping that you at least did me the courtesy of reading all of this and taking it into great consideration. I know that I cannot change what already happened. The grades, fair or unfair, are in, the tests are over and the students are furious. I just hope that if something like happens again, you will handle it with more respect to all of your students than in this instance.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Events Seen by a President's Wife

Widow following exchanged vows
Graduating from actress to law school
Underappreciated people
Offically moved
Flag model draped over casket
California race
Comedian shake hands with navy captain
Watergate and market
Disgraced model
Married President.

Monday, December 04, 2006

SAT Testing

"With more time to finish the parts I think that the scores would be higher and students would be able to get into better schools and then get a better job over all making more money." - Tricia Denea http://www.bloggertricia.blogspot.com/

I disagree with Tricia here. The idea of the test is to test your abilities. Part of your abilities is being able to take a test so the time frame given is to test your test taking abilities. I doubt that the scores would be higher because no matter how much time is given you either know the answer or you don't more time will not change that. Another thing is that the college board recommends that you do not read the entire passage that is given to you. They suggest that you read enough to get the main idea then when they ask a question giving a line number read two lines above to two lines below that line. Reading the whole passage will take up way to much time.

Also colleges do not base their entrances on the SAT alone. It is only part of their criteria. They also base exceptence on GPAs, extracurricular activities, and community service. Colleges may also look at the ACT instead of the SAT. So, if you feel uncomfortable with the SAT you just need to learn better test taking strategies and just not panic when you get to the test.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Secret Letter From Iraq

This article is similar to Slaughterhouse Five because both tell of time spent in a war. However the author of the article is more successful at capturing the truth then Vonegot was. He is able to recall specific moments in the war without making one side seem better then the others. But on the other hand his article is based on his memories and his memories only there is no input from anyone else.

The author writes this letter to tell the people at home what is really going on over seas. All that is heard on the television is not always true. And by reading the article you get the impression that the writer might be some what anti-war. You get this felling because he tells of how he disagrees with diffent politians' views on the war in Iraq.

'Helicopter Parents' Try to Help Their Kids Land Jobs

This article represents just how lazy kids are or how dumb some parents can be. Why would anyone write a resume or search for a job for their son or daughter? If they want the money they should take the initiative to find a job and get it. It is not the parents responsiblity. A parent should not be attending a job fair. Yes it would be okay if their child were there with them. But to go to the fair to collect information for the child without them there that is wrong. The kid can go ask the questions and get the neccessary information. Not mom or dad.

Parents are also filling out college applications and writing college essays. Why? They want to go to college they can fill out all the paper work. Especially if their parents are paying for the schooling. I think that if the parents have to fill out the paper work then the kids should have to pay the tuition. Its only fair right?

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This commercial is trying to sell Head On. Its some kind of medicine for headaches. I do not think the commercial works because it is very annoying. They repeat the same line over and over again. I guess you could say it uses the literary device alliteration. It has alliteration because it uses the same repeatious word sounds.

This commercial is also bad because it does not tell exactly what the product is for what applying it to your forehead does and how the medication gets inside your body through your skin. It also does not tell the possible side effects. All medication commercials need to tell how and why it works and the side effects.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Cool Movie as a Music Video



This movie was awesome. And putting it to POD makes it even better. The song is suiting. "Here Comes the Boom" is like saying get your butt out of the way because you are about to be taken to the turf. OUCH! That's why I find this song and movie to go together so well.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Mary O'Hare and War

"You'll pretend you were men istead of babies, and you'll be played in the movies by Frank Sinatra and John Wayne or some of those other glamorous, war-lovoing, dirty old men. And war will look just wonderful, so we'll have a lot more of them. And they'll be fought by babies like the babies upstairs" (Slaughter-House-Five, p. 14).

I have to disagree because how can a movie influence fights between countries.Yes most soldiers are young when the go off to war, but who wants to go to the movies and watch a bunch of kids dying. In the past movies could maybe influence people to go off to fight in the war but not start one.

One war movie of the past in The African Queen from 1951. I would consider this an anti-war movie.Why? I do because it is more based around the idea of two people falling in love and how it's the only thing worth living for. Another war movie I consider anti-war would be Mister Roberts from 1955. In the movie all the main character wants to is go off to war. However when he does he is quickly killed and all his friends are upset that he left for the war.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Shooting Rats-"Freeze the startled eyes of rats against mounds of rubbish."-David Bottoms

The poem is saying the sometimes men are no better than rats. When men drink that act just as stupid as rats do. The men are drinking and shooting rats in a dump.

The poem describes how the rats look and act when the men are acting the same. the theme is that people sometimes act like the creepiest of animals. the poem was ironic because you think it would be describing the rats but it descibes the men as well.
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