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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]
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