Streams - An interactive education site

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In time for the new year, WNYC is collaborating with the New York Times to launch, an interactive education website of news, information and conversation about New York City schools.

Access to SchoolBook is free of charge and provides a comprehensive resource and online forum for parents, teachers, administrators and experts. Users can share documents, photos and videos, pose and respond to questions about a particular school or issue, propose ideas about their school and discuss issues with editors, experts and more.

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Comments [10]

Peter P Ferro DMD, FICCMO from NYC

Listening to your program today regarding the 911 calls and children with ADD & ADHD compels me to comment. Many children labled with this diagnosis, and even more disturbing, those treated with medications are often not correctly diagnosed. It is imperative that sleep disturbances, esp. sleep apnea be ruled out. This disturbance leads to behavioral changes that can camouflage the actual diagnosis. A proper testing can delete the erroneous diagnosis, the unnecessary drugs and can give these children a chance for a healthy, happy and productive life.

Sep. 16 2013 10:40 AM
Diana from

My 9 year old goes to the same school I went to growing up. These days there is no art class. Drama class for only half the kids while the other half gets PE. Drama class presents only 1 stage production when the students are in their graduating 5th year and only some students get to participate. Guess which ones?! My son's class is overcrowded with 30 plus students and the teacher's voice is hoarse from yelling to control the same disruptive students year after year. When I ask why the next school district has only 19 students per class and more extensive curriculum I am told that the whole school budget goes to the more expensive senior teachers that our school has. When asked if parents can help we are told we have to take a 3 day class to volunteer and then when I completed the class my time was not utilized. When fund raising was suggested we are told that the PTO is only allowed to have 2 fund raisers per year by law. The parents are blamed for lack of PTO attendance but nothing significant is ever said or accomplished at these meetings. I am told that if the students an learn to read and write and count their their change then the school has done their job. I say that is only a basic start. My low to middle income family and my neighbors are being groomed for mediocrity. God knows talent and intelligence can come from all levels of society and economic status. And that you do not necessarily have talent or intelligence to rule the world or be wealthy but it sure would be best for everyone if we did.

Aug. 10 2012 08:19 AM
Pat Howard from Westchester

Question: What if, for example a principal/BOE wishes to "get rid" of an older/ "more expensive" teacher. Nothing prevents that teacher from receiving
the more difficult and lower scoring groups of student.This would be obvious abuse; but still teachers would not be able to protect themselves from this type of manipulation. Schools districts are looking at their bottom lines...

Feb. 24 2012 10:42 AM

I think the below link is an excellent article to read as a baseline for discussion about the real issues and problems with our educational system. Thanks .

Jan. 13 2012 12:25 PM
Jbstein from New Jersey

Not only might excellent teachers get additional pay...but another problem is that the best teachers have NEVER wanted to go to the most challenging schools. I bet if you check the research it will tell you that middle class and upper class kids do well in life even if the've had average teachers.....and so that means it's critical to direct the best teachers to difficult schools.

Jan. 13 2012 11:53 AM
Shamima Ahmed from quenns, NY

I would like know the update.

Oct. 04 2011 02:53 PM
Daniela Pozzaglia

Hello! Interested in this new site as I have been a NYC DOE employee (licensed bilingual school social worker) for over 25 years. I currently work in Citywide D 75 schools - those which serve those students with very special needs. So much to discuss with all the mandates, programs and initiatives ... looking forward to see what comes to light on this site. I hope to participate with experiences that might tell others what the system is going through ...

Oct. 03 2011 09:08 PM
Harriet Rita Semegram- Barry from Originally Bronx, now Brooklyn

I believe our problems began when it was decided to introduce (a) Jr. High Schools
(b) Middle Schools. I recall it began around (approximately 1946)

Perhaps they felt classes getting too large so instead building new schools as a PREVENTIVE (look at the mess of the present).

My PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION (1947-1954) grammar, (spelling) American and European history, MUSIC, Civics, geography and more, contributed to my accomplishments as a concert singer, an educator in the Health Field, a film producer and an informed parent.

By today's standards my elementary school education is ALMOST equal to some college degrees (I went to Brooklyn and Hunter). Who could ever imagine REMEDIAL classes upon entering college.

Students were shifted into a new environment at the worst time - puberty - removing them away from relationships that were secure. With time, adding to enormous non creative teaching and status quo we nurtured the mess we have today.

Yes, go BACK for our FUTURE!

Sep. 28 2011 10:00 AM
Victor Bergenn from 450 Park Ave. Leonia, N.J.

Obtained Doctorate in Educational Psychology at Teachers College,

Sep. 13 2011 07:31 PM
Marie Vazquez

Long time listener and blog subscriber. NYC educator interested in this new website.

Sep. 08 2011 07:12 PM

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