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I love Christmas music — all kinds of Christmas music, traditional, piano, pop, rock — if it is spreading holiday cheer, I listen to it. Christmas music is played in our house from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s. It puts me in the mood to decorate the house, bake cookies and wrap presents. Yes, Christmas music puts a smile on my face.
The worlds of Scottsdale and the lower East Valley cities will collide in Division I baseball this season.
Arizona continues to see elevated levels of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Fewer Arizonans are experiencing the flu this year - much fewer - based on statistics from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The state has confirmed 90 cases of respiratory syncytial virus this season, according to the latest report for the week ending Dec. 17.
SOCIAL PROMOTION: Retain students
If a problem is surfacing, fixing it before it becomes even worse is the best thing to do. Retaining illiterate third graders before they graduate high school and being a burden to society is a smart idea. Here are two reasons why.
It greatly increases a student’s ability to read and write. Florida is proof of this. Before holding back illiterate third graders, nearly half of Florida’s young students could not read at grade level. As a result of retaining them, fourth graders in Florida now test above the national average in reading.
According to Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, retaining illiterate third graders can enhance their ability to read and write independently and confidently at the end of the third grade. Speaking with experience, if I were held back at third grade and completed it again, relearning and mastering the reading skills I learned would have drastically helped me through school. Holding back third graders who have made mistakes can help students understand them and learn from them so it doesn’t happen again.
Passing the proposed law that retains illiterate third graders who cannot read at grade level is a smart idea. It stops small problems from getting bigger and it enhances the chances of a successful future. So do the kids a favor and pass the proposed law. A successful future is not worth temporary satisfaction.
Iann Gongora, Dobson High School sophmore
Revise current policy to focus on literacy
In our shrinking world of shared knowledge and digital wiring, reading is as important as ever. Jobs require more and more education and being illiterate impedes the chance for a good life. For third graders who fall far below the standards, Arizona’s legislature has proposed a bill to help give them a better chance. This bill revises the current law to create a “gateway” for them; pass the test and get promoted, fail and you are retained from graduating. The bill has some good ideas but there are some flaws.
Trouble first starts with the idea of such a huge decision decided on a single test. We are talking about third graders. Children that young have trouble concentrating. Plus, imagine a student who cannot read but has a streak of luck and guesses himself into the next grade while a child who can read has poor test-taking skills and fails.
Second is stated perfectly in Colleen Stump’s article: “How will your child feel about being retained? Will she (or he) be more motivated to learn and try, or will she (or he) be embarrassed and further withdraw from learning?” The existing version of the proposed bill does not account for those students who could not adapt to socio-emotional adjustments in self-esteem and peer relationships and jeopardizes them.
Both the bill and our present-day law have promise, but certain things need to be changed. What we should try first is revising the current policy since there are still places to amend with things like producing more programs to focus on illiterate students. When the current law cannot be improved, then we should focus on such a bill to overhaul the system.
Juliana Bennett, Dobson High School sophomore
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SOCIAL PROMOTION: Retain students
For more than two decades, Dr. Gordon Ewy has been on a crusade to change the way people are treated for sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the nation.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Gospel of Luke records that, as he was dying on the cross, Jesus showed his boundless mercy by praying for his killers this way: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Not so fast, say contributors to the Conservative Bible Project.
Higley Unified School District Superintendent Denise Birdwell will be reviewed through a revised evaluation Dec. 3 after the governing board approved the new tool Thursday.
When Higley Unified School District governing board members evaluate Superintendent Denise Birdwell, they will likely have a new evaluation tool to use after members discussed a revised version last week.
The top-selling Bible in North America will undergo its first revision in 25 years, promising to reopen a contentious debate about changing gender terms in the sacred text.
NEW YORK - The financial markets saw some relative calm Wednesday as investors uneasily awaited a Senate vote on the banking bailout plan, with Wall Street falling only moderately and the credit markets still showing signs of strain.
The new Comfort Coupe is quite simply one cool car.
Critics have knocked the RL’s lack of a V8 option, but with high gas prices, do you really care what the critics think? The V6 is a fine performer, but going with a six- or seven-speed automatic instead of five-speed could have further helped economy.
The only constant is change and Hyundai regroups to stay ahead of the curve.
A last-minute, last-ditch effort to build a Jeep clone led to the modern-day sport-utility movement.
A new truck to lock horns with the competition
The luxury car that Hyundai always wanted to build.
The holy Bible as a work of art will be showcased for three months, starting Tuesday at the Phoenix Art Museum.
As kids, we were taught to play nice and to share with others. That point is literally being driven home with respect to the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder, which has been bestowed with a power upgrade via its more muscular family members. It’s not that the current edition of Nissan’s mid-size sport-utility vehicle, which arrived in 2005, can’t stand up for itself and keep the bullies at bay.