CHEERS to those parents and teachers who try so hard to make Regents time as relaxing and successful as possible for nervous or underachieving takers of the sometimes dreaded exams. Regents time just ended, and many of the high-school students in New York have been dealing with the stresses and indelible marks on their records that accompany taking the statewide tests. For generations, New York high-schoolers have been exposed to this pressure, which curiously settles only on them. Students in other states don’t take Regents exams. In fact, New Yorkers who go to college in other states are sometimes left to wonder why they even had to take the tests as other states don’t reward or punish students for Regents results. This is not to say there is no purpose served by this batch of standardized exams. It undoubtedly fulfills some kind of educational rating system to know how this student on Long Island fared vis a vis that student in Buffalo. The tests surely guarantee that key information isn’t neglected from the curriculum. Teachers are far more opposed to the national standardized tests that have been put in place for grades high school and below that have redefined coursework and how it’s taught on a daily basis. But, back to the Regents: While students unquestionably feel anxieties about their exams, we know many compassionate teachers and encouraging parents were there to help with the academic preparations and with the emotional approach to this important phase of education. For some students, this is more critical than for others — some just don’t do as well on tests as their capabilities would indicate. So, for all of those teachers and parents, thanks for your concern. Let’s hope all of the kids performed to the very top of their potential.
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Cheers and Jeers: April 7, 2014
JEERS to drivers who splash pedestrians; CHEERS to the Air Force for environmental cleanup on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
Cheers and Jeers: March 31, 2014
CHEERS to Amy Bonn for her efforts with the Snowball series. JEERS to people who don't pick up after their dogs.
Cheers and Jeers: March 24, 2014
Motorists, joggers and walkers get jeered while Dozer Day creators and the Plattsburgh Public Library get accolades.
- Cheers and Jeers: March 17, 2014 CHEERS to all the people who pitch in to try to save neglected animals. CHEERS to clubs and organizations who submit calendar items to the Press-Republican with complete information.
Cheers and Jeers: March 10, 2014
CHEERS to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan Schrader and local public-works and highway crews.
Cheers and Jeers: March 3, 2014
CHEERS to Cumberland 12 employee Lauren Trombley for an act of kindness. JEERS to municipalities that don't stay up to date putting meeting minutes online.
- Cheers and Jeers: Feb. 24, 2014 Cheers to local sports announcing legend Ducky Drake; Cheers to Plattsburgh State hockey standout Sydney Aveson.
Cheers and Jeers: Feb. 17, 2014
CHEERS to Wellness Center employees Dylan Riley and Ted Santaniello for helping a local woman.
- Cheers and Jeers: Feb. 10, 2014 Cheers to the Wells girls basketball team and Keene Central fans. Cheers to Jon Fountain of the Chazy modified team.
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