Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Student self-esteem as important as FCAT reform

A group of high school teachers shared last week that when it comes to writing tests, they not only must equip students with knowledge and skills, but also with confidence after years of struggles.

Students feel beaten down, but how can they ever boost their efforts if they don't believe in themselves? Regardless of changes the state may make to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, the importance of self-esteem can't be ignored.

I lunched with friends at the Times Festival of Reading over the weekend and we wondered about the future of published books versus e-readers.

One lamented she wants her future children to read actual books. We told her she better start buying them now. …

St. Peter Claver, a historically African-American Catholic grade school in Tampa, holds a "A Classic Celebration of Community" fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Academy of the Holy Names' Brady Center. Given that school enrollment is up 60 percent, they have a lot to celebrate. …

Lego robots. Do you need to know any more about the science festival that the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will host Saturday? The event also will feature exhibits, food trucks and presentations.

Obskurity, which did a pretty good version of Crazy Train — the bass player and drummer were spot on — won the Battle of the Teen Bands at the Hillsborough County Fair, but I have to give a shoutout to third-place Hanging Chad. You gotta love that name. …

Everyone raved about Sunday's sweater weather, except for a dad who no longer had an excuse for not buying his daughter new boots.

That's all I'm saying.

Student self-esteem as important as FCAT reform 10/21/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

    Nation

    The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.

    Dick Gregory, a comedian, activist and author, died Saturday. [Tribune News Service, 2011]
  2. Winter Haven police investigating armed robbery at Dollar General

    Crime

    WINTER HAVEN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Friday night of a Dollar General store on W Lake Ruby Drive.

  3. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  4. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  5. 'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

    Nation

    BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.

    Thousands of people march against a “free speech rally” planned Saturday in Boston. About 40,000 people were in attendance.