October 30, 2015
ISSUE | HOMEWORK Think about it I applaud the questioning of assumptions about the value of homework, particularly assumptions that are not supported by research ("Giving homework a recess," Monday). Have any studies been done to determine whether homework enhances character and responsibility, as many have claimed? Alfie Kohn, the author of The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing , said that numerous studies had failed to find any link between homework and improved learning.
October 27, 2015 |
Amy Clipston had a request that was a new one for her daughter's first-grade teacher. Many parents had marched in to demand that their children, even those who couldn't tie their shoes yet, get more homework. Clipston was the first to request the opposite - that her daughter opt out of homework altogether. "I felt my child was doing quite fine in school," said Clipston, a chemist with three children, noting that her daughter's schoolday in the highly competitive Lower Merion School District was 61/2 hours, with a 20-minute recess.
March 25, 2015 |
IF ANYONE should know how to correctly fill out election forms, it's Democratic candidate Dennis Lee. For two years, Lee worked as chief deputy to City Commissioner Stephanie Singer in an office in charge of elections, voter registration and helping candidates adhere to local, state and federal election laws. So when Lee, who resigned as chief deputy in November and then launched a bid to win a seat on the three-member City Commissioners' board, appeared yesterday before Common Pleas Judge Chris Wogan to argue that he shouldn't be thrown off the ballot because he made a mistake on an election form, the judge wasn't buying it. The mistake?
December 5, 2014
R ONIT TEHRANI, 26, of Overbrook Farms, is co-founder (with Edward Kraftmann, 29, of Bala Cynwyd; and Jonathan Krause, 20, of Teaneck, N.J.) of So2Speak.org, a nonprofit group that combines speech and education to empower youth. It consists of two main programs: Strive2Speak, which enhances speech fluency, and Education2Enrichment, an after-school lounge for middle- and high-school students in Bala Cynwyd. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for So2Speak? A: Edward and I started a nonprofit and wanted to reach more people because originally it was to help students with speech impediments.
October 21, 2014 |
Accounting firms issue tax publications that are handy jungle guides to filing your returns, maximizing deductions, and bunching up year-end expenses. Grant Thornton recently issued its guide, and you can download it for free at http://goo.gl/ZIVL2F . Eisner Amper has a free online guide, as well, at http://goo.gl/drrZkc . PICPA, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, offers educational tax seminars for professionals (details at http://goo.gl/A1i4yL )
May 16, 2014 |
CHICAGO - It's an "all-in" situation in which the 76ers find themselves now, so it is not surprising that general manager Sam Hinkie, coach Brett Brown, at least some of his coaching staff and some of the organization's scouts will unite for the all-important rookie combine, which will take place just outside here at a gym owned by Michael Jordan's former trainer. Once workouts start at Attack Athletics, however, expect the Sixers' organizational team to divide and conquer much of the time.
June 24, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I think of myself and my family as middle-class Americans. We live in a rowhouse in the Northeast. I work in a factory, my wife cares for our home and kids, we belong to a church, I love to watch our sports teams, we pay our taxes without grumbling, we love our parks, we drive a Ford, we buy at Walmart and Macy's, our kids go to public schools. Our son came home from school last Friday with an assignment about the post-WWII history of the U.S. income tax. We always discuss our kids' homework with them, so we got into a good one on Sunday.
June 17, 2013 |
EDITOR'S NOTE: G. Montgomery Watson of Lower Merion, who taught high school in the Philadelphia School District for 30 years, was employed on the event staff at the Players' House for the U.S. Open. Here's her diary of the experience: Day 1 Objective: To see Tiger and understand how the game of golf is played. Lesson Learned: Four women were selected to work inside the Players' House. The minute I saw the guy who introduced himself as our boss look at the shapely derriere of one of the ladies, I knew I was headed to the hallway leading to the latrines.
June 12, 2013 |
Question: How do you tell someone you love that you think they might have a psychiatric issue that needs to be addressed, i.e., crippling anxiety? My boyfriend keeps saying he doesn't want to get married until he's ready to have kids because he's stressed out all the time. However, he won't do anything to alleviate the stress except to suggest moving across the country, where he has never lived, because the nice weather will make all of his problems go away. I think it's horse-pucky.
June 5, 2013 |
John Viola says he's not much of a golf fan. That said, he's been to the last two U.S. Open tournaments, in Washington and San Francisco, and this year he'll be watching intently as the nation's championship descends on Merion Golf Course. That interest is explained by his job. Haverford Township's deputy police chief, Viola has been involved in planning the logistics around Merion's Open for about two years. And that task led the U.S. Golf Association to cover the costs for him and a contingent of other local officials to visit the last two championships.