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[ - ] I'm going to make a million dollars in a few minutes. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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How? [ Reply | More ]
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How? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:35 PM Flag
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Close your legs. You will regret it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:48 PM Flag
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that's some honey pot if it's a million. [ Reply | More ]
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OP - bought ali baba on the privte market [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:37 PM Flag
[ - ] Long shot question: I have a grandfather clock that won't chime and was just quoted a price of $495 just for the house call. Does anybody have a good clock repair place? Thanks! 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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sell it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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It belonged to my late parents, I'm attached to it. [ Reply | More ]
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you might try something like, "allexperts" or something. they charge you like $15-25 for a professional to walk you through problems and get you in the direction for parts. i don't htink grandfather clocks should be too complicated. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:36 PM Flag
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Thx, great idea. [ Reply | More ]
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Is that 500 just for the house call or fixing the problem? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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It's for the house call and any fixing they can do on site. If they have to pull out the works and take them back to the shop, it'll be another fee on top of that. Maybe this is just what stuff like this costs, but before I write that check I want to hunt around a bit. [ Reply | More ]
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Is that 500 just for the house call or fixing the problem? [ Reply | More ]
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Is that 500 just for the house call or fixing the problem? [ Reply | More ]
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For that price, I'd get a book on clocks and try to fix it myself. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:35 PM Flag
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Fewer and fewer people able to do these kinds of things. There's a premium on the skill. Tuning a piano and fixing sewing machines are also things that are getting up there in terms of finding people to fix them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:50 PM Flag
[ - ] DH loves his parents very much but he's not that close to them. I used to make a big effort, in particular once our DCs were born, but despite being well educated and well off, they are very racist and offensive. They say things that are inappropriate about our nanny and our DCs. DH has talked to them about our concerns but they don't really care or make any effort to change. Do we have to invite them for the holidays? 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:43 PM Flag
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Nope [ Reply | More ]
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no. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:32 PM Flag
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are they still family or you gonna be ok that your kids don't invite you to christmas because you lived on the UWS instead of harlem among real peeps in 35 years or some other crap? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:45 PM Flag
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what? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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i'm saying they are a product of their time. live and let live. when you become grandma, there might be new pc rules that make your old fashioned ways bigoted and whatever-ist. stop being so holier than thou. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:35 PM Flag
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Nope. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:45 PM Flag
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No. I wouldn't. [ Reply | More ]
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Your DCS? Meaning they disapprove of your race? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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no, they think my DS is spoilt and my DD is over weight, neither is true but they say what they think [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:51 PM Flag
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Maybe there is some wisdom in your husband's neglect. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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Exactly. My dh shunned his family for years until I pushed the issue. Now I'm stuck with the craziness he was avoiding. Oy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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No, especially no if your kids are biracial. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
[ - ] We moved to the suburbs this summer when our third child was born so my 4yo started a new school five days a week. There are three teachers for 20+ students and one of them waits at the door to the school each morning for drop off. Last week she told my nanny that she'd prefer if I didn't take my DS to school because he's always upset when I leave. I had forgotten this and took him to school today because it was my first week back to work and I haven't been able to see him a lot. When we got to the school the teacher gave me an eye roll and sigh and grabbed my DS, it makes me very sad that she was so short tempered with him. Am I out of line, should I say something or just have my nanny do the drop off? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:40 PM Flag
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don't piss off teachers. they will be b on wheels. and your kid will be hostage to their antics. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:41 PM Flag
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I know, that's what I'm thinking, it just makes me very sad - DS is a very sensitive little boy and has a new sibling, school, house and I just went back to work. I don't know what to do [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:44 PM Flag
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this will be the first of many tribulations as a mother of a young child. try to stay strong. in my experience, the talking never, ever helps. you just have to lump it. maybe take some damn coffee or doughnuts. sometimes THAT helps. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:50 PM Flag
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Short tempered? She is annoyed with you, not the kid. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:44 PM Flag
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Yes clearly but is there anything I can do about it? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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Follow instructions for a little while until DC gets over his desperation anxiety. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:35 PM Flag
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That sounds a little bossy on the teacher's part. You're a busy Mom and need to do what you need to do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:44 PM Flag
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I am a nanny and I have experienced the same thing...it is way easier for the kids when the nanny does drop off. The parents WANT to be there, which is great but it is not necessarily the best for the child. On the other hand, she should not be giving you attitude! I would talk to her privately if you can. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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thanks, I try to make it work with my 1.5yo and new born so I spend a little time with each of them. this was my first drop off this week so I was surprised she was so surly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:50 PM Flag
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This is ridiculous. You are the parent and the teacher cannot dictate who is taking your DC to school. She should have more empathy. This sounds like a very bad fit. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:50 PM Flag
[ - ] I just found out that my daughter's college dorms are all equipped with bottomless boxes of condoms. The boxes are replenished regularly by the custodians, of all people. I am kind of impressed. 21 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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All dorms should have this. Then no one has an excuse not to use protection. [ Reply | More ]
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agreed, that is a good idea [ Reply | More ]
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I think it's a good idea. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:28 PM Flag
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Wonderful. No glove, no love. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:42 PM Flag
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It is sad that young people cant wait until marriage. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:30 PM Flag
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LOL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:44 PM Flag
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It is sad that we still cling to the notion that virginity somehow carries any worth. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:44 PM Flag
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It is not about virginity but about not giving a piece of your soul to someone you will probably never see again. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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Oh please. Your soul? Lol. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:36 PM Flag
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yes, all sex outside marriage is with someone you will never see again. wait, what? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:37 PM Flag
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Yeah. You will see them on FB 15 years later and bored frim your Dh. I know how this game goes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:51 PM Flag
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Was easier when people got married at 20 or 22 but now many professionals get married in their 30's when their libidos are already on the decline. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:45 PM Flag
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Ridiculous. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:49 PM Flag
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true [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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I literally cannot think of a single advantage from waiting for marriage. What an odd idea. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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My grandmother got married in 1916 at the age of 16. She didn't have my aunt and dad until her late 30s early 40s, which was unusual back then. She told me that all of her contemporaries in her small town "had" to get married in their teens. That was 100 years ago. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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My grandmother said the same thing, when I shacked up with a boyfriend she said she wished she could have done the same thing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:37 PM Flag
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Yes my great-great grandmother married at 25 in the early 1900s and was considered an old maid at that point. [ Reply | More ]
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Uh, I would have had to wait until 30! Sex is normal. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:37 PM Flag
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This is by far soooo much better than their just being available in the infirmary or the LGBT or women's centers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:31 PM Flag
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Cool [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:44 PM Flag
[ - ] I had a problem with a metro card- added $20, but the value was not put on the card. Later in the day when I went to use it, I noticed the money was not there and added another $20. I thought maybe I had made a mistake and only put $2 instead of $20 or something. That night I checked cc statement online and saw I was charged for both refills of $20. I want to send the card in to get reimbursed, but am worried I will never get a resolution or see the card again. Then I would lose the initial $20 and the second $20. Anyone ever have success sending in a defective card? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 09.19.14, 03:36 PM Flag
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Yes, but it takes 2-3 weeks [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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TY [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:27 PM Flag
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Yes, it takes foerver but they do take care of it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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ok. I'll do it then. Thanks! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:27 PM Flag
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Call the number on the website. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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I did but they just directed me to the form to fill out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:27 PM Flag
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yes, for both defective cards adn refunds for lost unlimited cards. its slow but it works. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:27 PM Flag
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use it up now and be prepared to never see it again [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:40 PM Flag
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Yes, I got reimbursed. They sent me a new card with the amount that was lost. It took a long time, though. Maybe a 6 months. Those machines have records of everything. If you send in the card, they will check that the charges are related to that card and that the card was not used since the missing money was put on, so they should be able to figure it out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
[ - ] Any advice for family applying to private MS from public? TY. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:30 PM Flag
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Choose wisely and unless you have major connections or he\she has exceptional academic ability, don4t try TT. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:20 PM Flag
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really? dc is definitely just above average. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:42 PM Flag
[ - ] If I give nanny 2 month notice to find another job and tell her that she can leave at any point during these 2 months if she does find a new job or stay part time until the end of the school year or until she finds a new job, how much severance if any would I need to give her given this situation? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:27 PM Flag
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None [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:18 PM Flag
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i would give something if she just can't find anything at all until you can't use her at all anymore. you might give her a little token parting bonus, like $200 or something otherwise. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:20 PM Flag
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I can use her part time indefinitely if she keeps a good attitude and does an ok job. I know she can not afford to go part time as its 2/3 of her income and I can not afford to up her hourly rate and will expect her to do a lot more housekeeping. It isn't going to make her happy at all. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Where can I buy youth gloves for a 13 yo? Going camping and it's supposed to be very cold where we are headed. Tia. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:24 PM Flag
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Or a brand that I can have overnighted. Thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:24 PM Flag
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LL Bean [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:33 PM Flag
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Any sporting goods store. Or llbean if you can wait a few days. By now, even Target should have gloves [ Reply | More ]
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REI or EMS [ Reply | More ]
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Paragon [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Going to NYC with Dh and Db. What is a good walkable area to stay in? Any recs for nice hotels that won't break the bank? Would be nice to find something under $400/night. 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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look in Airbnb or VRBO, Chelsea is nice but also it would be nicer to be near the park for a little kid (how old is db?) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:08 PM Flag
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Op: 9 months [ Reply | More ]
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a lot of airbnb stuff is illegal, so risky. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:25 PM Flag
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And even where it isn't outright illegal it is usually against the lease / proprietary lease / condo rules. I'd stay away. [ Reply | More ]
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ditto. I would never to VRBO or Airbnb in NYC. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:22 PM Flag
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airbnb. tudor city i like. uws is always good and safe most areas. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:09 PM Flag
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stay in the union square / flatiron area. easy access to subways, parks and playgrounds nearby, ton of places to eat, not too touristy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:21 PM Flag
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UES near central park [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:12 PM Flag
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Hotel Beacon on the UWS. Close to Central Park. Nice to walk around upper west side. Easy to get train downtown. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:12 PM Flag
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Also look at Lucerne Hotel on UWS [ Reply | More ]
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Downtown hotels are usually cheaper on weekends. You can then take subway everywhere. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:16 PM Flag
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Benjamin Hotel or London Hotel in midtown- both very nice! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:30 PM Flag
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Going to NYC next weekend with DH and DB. We are staying in the new Hilton Garden Inn by Columbus Circle for about $320 a night. Great location, really walkable. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] What do you think of the East Ramapo school board made up of a people who don't send their kids to the publics but want to control the board because they feel it's unfair to pay taxes for the school and have no control? http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york/american-life-takes-east-ramapo-school-kerfuffle 39 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:17 PM Flag
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This upsets me so much. I have seen what these fundamentalists have done to the Catskills region and it is deplorable. As soon as you speak out against them, you are labelled an anti-semite but these orthodox sects are nothing more than organized criminals hiding behind religion and $$$ from tax evasion. [ Reply | More ]
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What did they do to the Catskills? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:22 PM Flag
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the area went from a vacation haven to a run down pile of 'yeshivas' bc they claim that their homes are religious institutions so they pay no property tax. They own 70% of the land up there and pay no tax so the entire place is in shambles. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:28 PM Flag
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That sounds awful. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:29 PM Flag
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Many reform Jews support public schools and are appalled by them. [ Reply | More ]
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General Topics 09.19.14, 03:47 PM Flag
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Unfortunately, they represent the future of public education. It may be orthodox Jews in one town, or fundamentalist Christians in another town. If you starve the public schools of funding so that all but the poorest families look for alternatives, you can destroy a decent public school system in a minute. The opposite is true, too -- if you make public schools better, people will leave the alternative schools and they close down. But since the money is in the alternative schools, it's important that they keep the public schools crappy. Honestly, if you look at neighborhoods where the public schools have improved, what has happened is that many parochial schools have closed down. There are far fewer Catholic schools now than 10 or 15 years ago because those parents have good public schools. Fortunately, the Catholic Church to their credit didn't have any interest in keeping public schools bad so they could get more students in their schools. They same is not true with certain other types of "choice" schools, unfortunately. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:17 PM Flag
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So they're doing this to keep kids in the yeshivas? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:32 PM Flag
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In this case, it is to benefit Yeshivas in many different ways. It certainly helps that special needs students go there. And perhaps if the public schools were better, you'd see students in Yeshivas switching for high schools -- there are certainly students in the NYC specialized high schools who came from religious schools. Believe me, if the specialized high schools were like the East Ramapo schools, no one would leave. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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You are dreaming. Yes kids from Catholic schools and non-Hasidic Jewish schools go to NYC Specialized High Schools, but these are not the people gutting the East Ramapo public schools. Also the ER Board abuses SN money (as do the Hasidic in NYC). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:36 PM Flag
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they are actually doing this in part to keep up business in their yeshivas, but also in part as an ultimatum to the legislature. They had originally agreed to a 'truce' that allowed them to ignore the state curriculum in their yeshivas as long as they would pay their property taxes. They do not want to pay the taxes anymore so they are insisting that if they do pay the taxes, they should be entitled to the benefits (bussing, special ed services, etc) and the district was not willing to budge on that so they took it over. A third reason is that they are profiting from real estate acquired by closing public schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:35 PM Flag
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How high are these state property taxes in New York? Israel would make them pay taxes too, wouldn't they? Would they have a problem if they lived in Israel and Israel required tax payment? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:28 PM Flag
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they should move to israel...we do not allow settlements in our country except for these sects that move in and take over. [ Reply | More ]
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+1 If they hate it here so much why aren't they in the place that would pay them money to live there? Instead of complaining about high priced property taxes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:48 PM Flag
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I think it is fantastic. It is not just teacher and parents of public school kids that should have a say. Public schools are a part of the general government and all voters have a right to input. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:21 PM Flag
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No, it's not right. They are monopolizing the system. If they sent their children to the schools it would be fine, but since they don't have a dog in the fight, it's wrong. They used public funds to send the special needs students to yeshivas. 27k a year. [ Reply | More ]
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They are taxpayers and citizens, having a child in the school is not and has never been a voting requirement. If parents want full control, let them pay their own way at a private school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:18 PM Flag
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Let the poor who can't afford private school pay for private? Sorry but I'm a realist. The law needs to be changed so school boards can't jeopardize the education of children. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:39 PM Flag
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So change the law to get rid of local school districts. I'd be all for county wide districts. I don't think the rich ladies on here that love them some de facto segregation will be too happy about that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:47 PM Flag
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Oh please, these people basically steal. They tried to sell a public school for below market price to a Yeshiva, until the State Comptroller stopped them. They used state monies to buy books for a Yeshiva in Brooklyn. They are in Nita Lowey's (congresswoman) and she has stalled federal investigation of where federal monies have gone. [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:26 PM Flag
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They need to accept the fact that Americans pay property taxes whether they like it or not for the public welfare. [ Reply | More ]
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And public school parents have to accept that all citizens get a vote, not just members of the PTA. [ Reply | More ]
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Also have to accept that there is a difference between right and wrong. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:32 PM Flag
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There's nothing wrong with what they are doing. East Rampo still has higher per pupil spending than the national median. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:40 PM Flag
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Not according to teachers and parents. Music, art, marching band practice has all been cut. The real problem is the different groups. They would be more than happy to pay for fellow jews but outsiders, why should they have to pay for them? [ Reply | More ]
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Per pupil spending is not something that different people can have different opinions on. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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They are holding the school board hostage and working out shoddy real estate deals basically closing public schools for no reason (they site low enrollment but how is that possible with 35 kids per class) and selling them to yeshivas at 50% of the value. That is just one facet of their criminal behavior. They have 35 kids in their classrooms now in East Ramapo when it used to be 20 kids per class. They are using public funding to take care of their handicapped children (likely due to inbreeding that goes back centuries in their culture) and they are threatening anyone that stands against them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:13 PM Flag
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+1 It's not right. This has nothing to do with antisemitism. This has to do with them being anti education and screwing the kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:30 PM Flag
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This is essentially what Bloomberg did in NYC with his charter school giveaway. And what Andrew Cuomo is forcing NYC to continue to do. I don't know about you, but my dc's elementary school class now has 32 students and despite the overcrowding, even LESS money to spend on extras than 6 years ago! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:20 PM Flag
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Except that charter schools do not refuse to comply with NYS educational requirements and insist on teaching fundamentalist religious education including not educating their women, forcing them to marry at 15/16 years old, etc. This has a malicious bend that charter schools are missing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:28 PM Flag
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Maybe their curriculum is fine, but some are sneaky and get rid of expensive students and then tout their "success" as proof that public schools can have big budget cuts and still do well. And that is why our school budgets have been cut to the bone! Brought to you by the people who want charter schools to take over! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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You gotta get out the vote for whatever you believe. The religious people pay taxes and do not send their kids to the schools. If you want sports and arts, you must go vote! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:10 PM Flag
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The problem is this is in a lower working class, immigrant community where many don't have the know how to change the system or organize a political takeover. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:27 PM Flag
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Also, they are too late. They control the board...they used to have 3 members to the orthodox's 6 members but now no one will bother to run bc the 3 members were just alienated and ignored. They also are rigging the votes bc they have dozens of kids and their families get bussed in for the votes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:31 PM Flag
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It's a terrific way to destroy public schools! I think all charter advocates should run for boards and I think with hedge fund money you have a good chance of winning. There are a number of places in NY State where the public schools have gone from very good to terrible thanks to the people who cut funding from them which leads to more middle class families leaving and make the school even worse. But since those families have a vested interest in providing "choice" privately run charter schools that can kick out problem kids, it is good for them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:25 PM Flag
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you really should not be eligible to be on any school board unless your own child has gone or is going to said school (district). it's a disgrace. same thing in 5 towns. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:30 PM Flag
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Not always the case. I lived in White Plains for a while, and there was one woman who sent her kids to Hackley and she believed that the goal of every private school parent should be to make publics schools better. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:39 PM Flag
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The same thing happens in Lakewood. Religiously affiliated people who don't utilize the schools get elected to the school board and then just decimate the budget, or funnel the funding to charter schools that their community starts that, while not technically "closed" to the rest of the community, obviously are. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:31 PM Flag
[ - ] Why is not vaccinating so horrible? It is only the non-vaxed DC who is at risk. 31 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:15 PM Flag
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look up herd immunity. then think about infants and immuno compromised kids, plus the small percentage of kids for whom any given vax doesn't take. Then think about how an illness that is allowed to flourish in non-vexed populations is more likely to evolve in a way to jeopardize the immunity given by the shot. then look up newspaper articles about the polio epidemic. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:36 PM Flag
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then look up articles about the dangers of vaccines [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:25 PM Flag
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not persuasive, but thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:39 PM Flag
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only because you refuse to open your eyes [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:42 PM Flag
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They are wide open. Thanks again though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:43 PM Flag
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Wide open to be programmed to believe that vax are harmless. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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Nope, but again thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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there's just no reasoning with people like you. You think you're on to some big conspiracy, that you're too smart to be fooled like the rest of the sheeple. You think you know better than anyone else, you think that you've done your "research" and that you have unlocked the big dark secret. You feel smug, you feel superior. You will continue to feel this way, and you will only continue to find more pseudo-science to support your claims, and the more people argue with you, the more you'll persist, even if you're being completely irrational. I sincerely hope that we don't start seeing infants and immunocompromised people becoming very ill or dying from diseases like Polio and Measles, but I suspect we will, and if we do, the blood is on your hands. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:37 PM Flag
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What dangers? You should watch this: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/vaccines-calling-shots.html [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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This is correct. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:25 PM Flag
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This can still happen in a vaccinated community. The flu mutates every year. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:43 PM Flag
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flu vacinnation rates are not at a level to confer herd immunity, plus the flu is a very mutatable illness - not all illnesses can mutate that quickly, but would over time if allowed to flourish. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:45 PM Flag
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" bad things can still happen" isn't a legtimate excuse for refusing to try to minimize the bad things. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:33 PM Flag
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Vaccination doesn't always work. If you vaccinate the whole population, that's okay because in most people it will take hold and so the disease will never get a foot hold it the small percentage of cases where it doesn't take hold. The right of the government to quarantined for public health reasons is older than the United States. It is time for that concept to be dusted off and revived. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:39 PM Flag
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Dictator, tyrant, fascist, should I go on... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:41 PM Flag
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There's nothing fascist about quarantine. The entire purpose of government is to protect against private aggression. In this case biological warfare. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:33 PM Flag
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in a dictatorial society maybe [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:47 PM Flag
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So I guess we should just get rid of the police then? Fighting crime is dictatorial? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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You are way out of line. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:49 PM Flag
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Where was the gov. when Wall Street was raping the subprime buyer in the early 2000s [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:51 PM Flag
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and why is it not horrible to put your child at risk of death or disability from a disease she didn't have to get? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:29 PM Flag
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The body can fight off these diseases and the same risk is presented by injecting the disease into the body. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:31 PM Flag
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No, it is not, but thanks again. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:46 PM Flag
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not even close. if "the body can fight them off," why do people die from measles every year? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:47 PM Flag
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Yeah, sure, only the non-vaxed DC. And infants. And those with autoimmune disorders. And people undergoing chemo. And people with other immune disorders. These people all rely on herd immunity. If a non-vaxed kids passes a disease on to these people, the blood is on the parents' hands. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:32 PM Flag
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Pregnant women, too. So hard to find one of those, I guess. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:47 PM Flag
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A vaxed kid can pass it on just as easily,or pneumonia, or the flu, which are also potentially fatal to this compromised community. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:48 PM Flag
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What are you talking about? Yes - people can transmit illnesses for which their our no vaccines or for which there is not a match. It is about reducing risk, and no - except in rare cases where a vax didn't take, an immunized child can't pass on an illness. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:50 PM Flag
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^ there are [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:51 PM Flag
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how does a vaxed kid pass on a disease to which the child has been vaccinated? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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Because: (1) some of the non-vaxed are babies too young to be vaxed and others are people with compromised immune defense who therefore cannot get vaxed and are more vulnerable, (2) even vaxed people have some risk of getting the diseases (vax does not always give 100% immunity, but the fact that the many people have even 80% immunity or more, gives heard immunity that we all benefit from). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:36 PM Flag
[ - ] I have terrible blisters from wearing the wrong shoes last night...i have a wedding tomorrow night that I need to wear heels, any ideas to help my poor feet :( 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:13 PM Flag
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Moleskin. Apply patches to the area so there isn't friction. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:20 PM Flag
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this [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:15 PM Flag
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THANKS! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:35 PM Flag
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you shouldn't put moleskin directly on an existing blister. You need to cut an inner circle in the moleskin so it surrounds the blister but is not on it. moleskin is better for preventing blisters. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:29 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:48 PM Flag
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Blister care bandages, if you can, get the Duane Reade brand - they are way better than bandaid brand and I have been relying heavily on them recently. They are waterproof and will stay on for a couple of days to help you heal and they are cushiony to relieve pain in your shoes. Also, buy some of that skin glide stuff for the future and apply to your problem areas - it creates a barrier that will not allow friction to create blisters. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:10 PM Flag
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Band aids and sandals that do not rub! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:11 PM Flag
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I would absolutely pierce them. I did this all the time when training for the marathon. Just a pin prick, then gentle pressure to let the liquid out. Wash well, use Neosporin. Will be fine by tomorrow. The sooner you do it the better. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:49 PM Flag
[ - ] I don't care what excuses you make for these sad African countries. If someone comes to help you, be grateful instead of ignorant. They deserve to just wallow in their filthy and disease. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:08 PM Flag
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so because of the issues of a few horrible people, the entire continent should wallow in disease? that's like saying American all deserve to die violent deaths because there are drug lords/mafia here. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:58 PM Flag
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^meant actions not issues [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:59 PM Flag
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yes, that's what i mean. it's not like saying americans deserve blah, blah, blah. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:17 PM Flag
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I'm just happy I am not them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:17 PM Flag
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So they killed the black health care workers? That's not promising. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:19 PM Flag
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So they killed the black health care workers? That's not promising. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:19 PM Flag
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exactly [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:24 PM Flag
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ESL? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:48 PM Flag
[ - ] i can't believe you women spend all sorts of money on everything but can't make a little time to read with your own children and teach them basic math. i have never met a brilliant child who had a tutor. you have to instill good learning behaviors and perseverance yourself. hiring elementary tutors, that is the most ridiculous thing ever. avail yourself. 27 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:00 PM Flag
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OK. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:48 PM Flag
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You know what, you're right. I'm going to start DS on addition tonight. 2+2=5, right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:51 PM Flag
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yes, it will be instructional for you both. ha ha [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:05 PM Flag
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Oh, please. My DH is brilliant and dyslexic. Without tutors he would have been lost in elementary school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:54 PM Flag
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What would you have us do? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:55 PM Flag
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i aleady said, read an hour or, if that's too much, a half hour everyday with your kid yourself and help him break up words into syllables, teach him the basic phonetics rules and learning to stop at periods and commas. and some math drills, for goodness's sakes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:09 PM Flag
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I would never teach dc rules of phonics and all that nonsense. That's why I pay taxes--so a teacher will do it in a public school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:14 PM Flag
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This. I am sick of lazy teachers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:04 PM Flag
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op: i am, too. my 2nd grader's teacher emailed everybody and said, "only 5 out of 24 kids know how to do x,y,z." i was like, "well, then. it means you need to bust ass, doesn't it? it isn't a straggler. it's your entire class." but i just teach my children myself because the world is what is and not what should be. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:12 PM Flag
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I've rarely met a truly lazy classroom teacher. I've met many who are overwhelmed with large class size and needy children, not to mention stupid demands of NYS, NCLB, RTTT laws, but most teachers love the kids and do their best. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:23 PM Flag
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Then you haven't met that many. Most are not outwardly lazy, just accustomed to a system where they perform tasks - "I do x, then I do y, then I do z" - but never have to figure out if those tasks are worthwhile. So they don't think "I have to teach these kids to read" - they think "I read the lesson that was in the book, so I did what I have to do." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:47 PM Flag
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yeah, so do i. have you seen the class curriculum and instructions? i wish i could have just left it alone. alas, i could not. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:18 PM Flag
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Don't you know the job of upper class parents is to take them on vacations? Teaching anything at all is not part of the deal. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:56 PM Flag
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Why would I teach my child basic math? He has a teacher all day at school who is doing just that, and he is doing well in school. I see no need to continue to drill him at home when he is playing and relaxing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:57 PM Flag
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Some children respond better to tutors. Parents should do whatever works. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:18 PM Flag
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Maybe a brilliant child does not need a tutor. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:19 PM Flag
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no, but your not-so-brilliant kid won't learn good learning habits from a tutor either. a friend pays a reading specialist $125/hr (!) for her 3rd grader. i don't know what the hell that kid has gotten out of it except the mom says, "learning should be fun! (uh, no) and i hate it when we fight over reading. i'm taking all the joy out of it." woman, up. jhc [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:14 PM Flag
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Learning should be fun. Why do you think it shouldn't be? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:18 PM Flag
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cuz, it's called, "learning" not "playing." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:33 PM Flag
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ITA, when the kids are young. I went to a bad, rural public school through 8th grade, but my parents taught me to read when I was 4 or so and my dad made sure I was good at math. When I got to boarding school freshman year, I was ahead of most of the NYC/Fairfield/Westchester kids academically. Of course I've now completely forgotten calculus so I don't think I will be helpful to my kids once they're older! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:21 PM Flag
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kudos to you and mom and dad. you might surprise yourself with calculus. give it the old boarding school try when you get there! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:30 PM Flag
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LOL I feel like I should! I used to be good at it; it's just been so long. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:41 PM Flag
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How can you presume to know what all parents do? I have never used tutors myself but I know plenty of working parents who have tutors but also read to their children when they get home. If it works for their family MYOB. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:10 PM Flag
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if i wanted to myob, i wouldn't be wasting time on ub! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:30 PM Flag
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I do my best but I have 3 kids and a full time job. I am just stretched too thin [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:29 PM Flag
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yeah, that's true. i do feel bad for two woh parent families. that would be a lot tougher. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:34 PM Flag
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Why can't you believe it? The world is a big place. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
[ - ] There's nothing more fun than listening to the new preschool parents complain about how upset they are after 2 weeks of school. Yes, by all means email the principal AGAIN to complain about how they aren't teaching the alphabet the way you think they should be. 21 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:59 PM Flag
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no one teaches the alphabet in preschool until maybe year 4. so i call baloney. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:00 PM Flag
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+1, you beat me to it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:01 PM Flag
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That's the point. She's upset that they aren't teaching the alphabet to the three year olds and wants to complain to the principal about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:02 PM Flag
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So fucking crazy. Teach your kid the alphabet yourself if you feel that strongly about it! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:04 PM Flag
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This. Don't most three year olds know it? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:17 PM Flag
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neither of mine did until 3-1/2 at most. my daughter started reading at 4 but didn't really know "the alphabets" and recite it until K when she learned the song or something. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:35 PM Flag
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Really? At both of my DC's preschools they did a lot of alphabet in the 3's class. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:04 PM Flag
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i think they did some playing with it and letter of the day or something but nothing too hard core at my preschool. i taught both my children to read myself, though admittedly, the girl pretty much did it on her own. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:06 PM Flag
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My son mostly taught himself. Then he taught some other kids at pre school. He actually is not brilliant or gifted. Just an early learner who liked to help other kids (or maybe just liked to be the know it all who COULD teach). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:14 PM Flag
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^ meant to say early reader. I was impressed, but also know it means nothing in the grand scheme of things. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:16 PM Flag
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don't buy the bs parents and teachers spout. early readers mean smart kids. it means they already have a big advantage IF they are inclined or instructed to use it well. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:08 PM Flag
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uh, he is obv gifted. he might not be brilliant but he's a pretty smart kid if he taught himself and is also teaching others. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:07 PM Flag
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Our Montessori teaches alphabets in 2s class. Mainly song and books. Then in 3's they do words and writing. My DC can read by 3.5. Parents need to step up if this means that much. Preschool is just preschool. They have to focus on other stuff too, like behavior, and manners...etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:10 PM Flag
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This. It's like two weeks into the school year. Some of these kids are still crying at drop off. Some are peeing themselves. And we're nitpicking over alphabet-teaching techniques, lol? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:38 PM Flag
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OP: I know I'm piling on, but it was the total stereotypical package. Youngish, but not that young, woman in yoga pants holding her giant Starbucks whatever, complaining about how they don't teach the alphabet the same way anymore, and about how she was just SO concerned about it and I don't know, should I email the principal again? Because I think I need to be sure she knows about this problem. And on the other side is a woman 'just' too old to be the mom of a pre-schooler, if you know what I mean, who has been through the school with her older kids who is loving the ability to "hold court" and dropping shit like "oh, I've known Debby (the principal) since she taught my other kid - I'm sure I could call her and get her to answer this stuff." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:39 PM Flag
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I was that parent. I was very anxious that my wild child ds would never learn to read, and it wouldn't bother him. He learned (at 7), he enjoys reading. My fussing did not change a thing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:07 PM Flag
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Except make you look bad and give already overloaded teachers something else to deal with. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 02:57 PM Flag
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woah. that's late. but i do know a guy who learned at 8 or something and did attend hbs. so i guess it could all turn out ok. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:10 PM Flag
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actually, it was harvard law. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:10 PM Flag
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Funny you say that. I asked a couple of weeks ago if reading at 7 was late and everyone jumped on me to say that no way, reading is developmental, people learn at different ages and it doesn't correlate with future success, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:05 PM Flag
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I think 7 is late, but in no way does it indicate anything about future success. By the time a kid is in middle school, how would you know who learned to read early and who learned late? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.19.14, 03:09 PM Flag
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