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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Education

Re: “Why Aren't There More French Classes in Vermont?

Oui oui, Marc Booth - i will share this with my students!


Posted by Maggie Standley on 10/12/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Vermont Schools Implement 'Best Practices' for Transgender Equity

In a world that claims to be so tolerant why can't we have a conversation without being called bigoted or closed minded. I do have safety concerns. What is to stop a non trans student that just wants access to the opposite sex locker room for the kicks or worse is a predator. I simply wanted to know what steps had been put in place to safeguard all students at school. It does not matter if you are a parent of a transgender or traditional student I would think the fear would be the same. We make these changes without notifying parents or discussing with other students. We are making changes in a bubble without fully thinking about the repercussions. Is it wrong that I think that we should be discussing this like adults without the name calling.

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Melisa Semprebon on 10/06/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Vermont Schools Implement 'Best Practices' for Transgender Equity

In a world where we are told we can be anything we want to be, the one thing that remains the most elusive is the ability to be ourselves.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Kira on 10/06/2016 at 3:55 AM

Re: “Vermont Schools Implement 'Best Practices' for Transgender Equity

Nan, nothing you said is based in science, its only based in bigotry. Sad for you and the hatred you bring into the world.

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Posted by Shannon37 on 10/05/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Vermont Schools Implement 'Best Practices' for Transgender Equity

Still.....nature made some of us male and some female. When a body is found where gender can no longer be discerned, a chromosome check will reveal the gender. Those hormones people take cut up to 20 years off their lives. Sad for them.

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Posted by Nan Davis on 10/05/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Vermont Schools Implement 'Best Practices' for Transgender Equity

Thank you Agency of Education for doing the right thing. And to Outright for all the hard work you do in Vermont. We are lucky to have you creating change on the ground level!

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Posted by YourMom on 10/05/2016 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Vermont Schools Implement 'Best Practices' for Transgender Equity

It's time the "adults" in the room get over themselves and stop pretending that their motives are based in protection when really it's fear of something they don't know/understand. Your children are capable of being compassionate little human beings, it's time you grew up as well and educated yourselves instead of hiding behind your fear. There are transgender children who are harmed every time you spread bigotry into the world.

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Posted by YourMom on 10/05/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Shotgun Marriage? Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges Rush to the Altar

As an alumni of Lyndon State, I'm not against the merger if resources between the 2 colleges would be pooled in essence to maximize the benefit of those resources for students.

I do hope that they consider allowing students to attend classes at the other campus via Skype, or another medium instead of having to travel across the state multiple times per week. Or, I would hope that they would consider providing transportation for those students in order to limit liability issues as well as easing the burden on students' wallets, who otherwise would be paying out of their own pockets to drive to the other campus.

I'm also hopeful that both colleges would be able to keep part of their name as it is a big part of their identity as well as their brand. Maybe something to the effect of Vermont State University - Lyndon would be in order. By consolidating and removing those brand names, it would be detrimental to both institutions' reputations.

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Posted by Matthew Rychlik on 09/16/2016 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Shotgun Marriage? Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges Rush to the Altar

This is really a downward spiral, born significantly from the state's lack of support. You could see this (and probably other drastic measures) coming when Mr. Spaulding asked the legislature last year for a special tax, on candy I believe, to help support the colleges. I am familiar with Lyndon, less so with Johnson and agree that any name change could hurt future graduates, especially in the Meteorology and Electronic Journalism curricula; both of which are ranked in the top 10 nationwide.
I don't see a merger boosting enrollment. I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by dfdb14 on 09/16/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “UVM Prof: Bias Response Team Threatens Free Speech on Campus

It's too bad that actions and words are being conflated to mean the same thing. Written / spray-painted attacks and/or racial profiling are illegal. Talking about subjects that *might* offend someone's sensibilities or make them *feel* something is not illegal, and governing discussion or limiting topics, attitudes, or opinions defeats the entire purpose of a liberal arts education. It's all about learning others' perspective; and "free speech" guarantees that even things that are reprehensible to some are protected by law.

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Posted by Egmatic on 09/16/2016 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Shotgun Marriage? Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges Rush to the Altar

I am an LSC alumni ('84) When I was at LSC this same plan was brought up. Lyndon State and Johnson State are being rushed to unification with little or no input from staff or students. The legislature made this mess, and they get to sit back, out of the path of change. Let me guess, next we'll here how much better will be to put all the state colleges under UVM. Consolidating administrations is the first step to making all college experiences in VT the same--and that my friends will be a mediocre cookie cutter experience.

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Posted by Ellen Tavino on 09/15/2016 at 5:17 PM

Re: “UVM Prof: Bias Response Team Threatens Free Speech on Campus

Must be easy to say that as a white male with tenure. As for the student who had the N-word painted on their door, I bet they appreciated some support.

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Posted by Sage Reyes on 09/15/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Shotgun Marriage? Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges Rush to the Altar

As a current LSC student, I'd like to point out that the students HAVE brought up many concerns to Jeb, especially at the previous meeting (before the one mentioned in this article). It's clear based on the article that Jeb is not interested in what the students think.

Jay Shafer is on point. This proposal has the distinctive feel that Jeb has made up his mind and is barreling through with it, even though there are numerous questions (including financial and financial aid questions) that have not been answered. He is simply going too fast with this, and it's going to hurt both colleges if he and the Board of Trustees don't slow down and take a more measured look.

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Posted by ajfroggie on 09/15/2016 at 1:07 PM

Re: “UVM Prof: Bias Response Team Threatens Free Speech on Campus

...."As for Kindsvatter, he's thankful to have tenure. Without it, criticizing his employer so openly might cost him his job, he acknowledged."

Kudos to Dr. Kindsvatter for clear thinking and sufficient conviction to express it. Perhaps it's time to revive the "assigned reading" concept in education. One might start with the author of these terms: goodthink, thoughtcrime and (a personal favorite) "rectify". No reference provided, find the origin on your own and read those words in context.

And remember kids, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything" -anon.

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Posted by John S. Hameline on 09/15/2016 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Shotgun Marriage? Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges Rush to the Altar

Reducing and merging administrations makes sense. I'm not sure why the colleges have to change their names, though. Given the amount of time this has been a topic of discussion it's surprising that there aren't more details, yet the decision is to be made in a couple weeks. My father was a college professor who watched administrations grow, it was his pet peeve how much was spent compared to when he first started. I attended a college that went through a merger and it was a huge upheaval, half my class transferred out including me.

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Posted by A. Smith on 09/14/2016 at 6:49 PM

Re: “UVM Prof: Bias Response Team Threatens Free Speech on Campus

Although Mr. Kindervatter's endeavor sounds a bit self-aggrandizing, there is something to consider in his differences with the UVM policy. If individuals are encouraged to report others who express opinions and ideas they disagree with, the ultimate result could be a further limiting of thought and speech than already exists in our society. Although racist and sexist remarks may be the intended targets of the Bias response team, the fact is those targets could easily become those who support Palestinians in their struggle against Israel, Black Lives Matter activists in their struggle against racist police and other supporters of campaigns for social justice that go against the mainstream agenda.

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Posted by ronj1955 on 09/14/2016 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Independent Schools Warn: New Rules Could Cost Them Students

"There are fewer than six seniors this year at Rochester High school." 5.75?

Posted by Becky Dayton on 09/14/2016 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Why Aren't There More French Classes in Vermont?

Merci for these comments Maggi and Marc! Glad to hear more Vermonters care about spreading the French language here.

Molly Zapp

Posted by Molly Zapp on 09/10/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Why Aren't There More French Classes in Vermont?

Hi Molly,
Thanks for bringing attention to this. Considering Vermont's proximity to Canada, people who want to learn French should have better options.
While waiting for the situation to improve, readers may want to try French English Dictionary + on their iPhone or Android device. It's designed right here in Vermont (by me) and it has quite a worldwide following with over 10 million people who have downloaded our dictionaries. You can download it for free at the link below.
For those interested in meeting people to practice with, you may want to try our new social networking app for language enthusiasts called PhraseMates.
Marc Bolh
Lead Sherpa @VidaLingua

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Posted by Marc Bolh on 09/09/2016 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Independent Schools Warn: New Rules Could Cost Them Students

I think you have a typo in your headline.

Posted by Paul Jones on 09/07/2016 at 10:28 AM

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