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Now, that’s a crazy thought.  I know many students are smiling at the thought of this new bill that the House has OK’d.  The idea behind it is that since many local governments are strapped for cash, they could change the school week from 5 days, to 4 days.  Less money for transportation in rural areas where students have to catch the bus to and from school, and less money spent utility costs for buildings.  On the flip side, students would either have shorter vacations or go to school for 10 hours as opposed to the 7-8 hours that they are currently in school for.

Some people are against this new bill and find it wrong to try and “balance the budget on the backs of babies,” said Rep. Monique Davis, D-Chicago.

Is this new bill right or wrong? Would you want to go to school for 4 days instead of 5…meaning you would have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off? Weigh in…

-Ron

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Darryl “DMC” McDaniels who is 1/3 of the legendary Hip-Hop group Run-DMC recently spoke to a group full of educators and teachers at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame about the potential value in making Rap music a part of their curriculum. He spoke about how true Hip Hop crosses all racial and social backgrounds calling it  “information, education, communication, and motivation.” When you dissect the lyrics to a lot of classic Rap songs you find similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, symbolism, and many other creative writing tools just as you would if you broke down a novel or a play from Shakespeare.

Although it wouldn’t be the first time rap music was used for the purpose of learning (Syracuse English professor Greg Thomas teaches a class called “Life and Times of Lil Kim” ), it could be an idea of how to reach younger generations and get them interested in both creativity and improving their writing skills.

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-Erik

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Gotta give it to Kanye for motivating the youth to stay in school by using his celebrity.  Students from Harlan Community Academy, Manley Career Academy, Mather High School, Robeson High School, Senn High School, and Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center filled three levels of the theater armed with camera phones and digital cameras.

In order to get tickets, students had to improve attendance, arrive to school and classes promptly, decrease school and class tardiness, improve grades in all classes with no failing grades and reduce the number of misconduct citations they may have received.

-Ron