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The North Providence Breeze 02-06-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 @ Calendar 6 Entertainment 2 Movies 3 Real Estate 5 Classifi eds 7 QUICK INDEX Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND The myths of public education As regards nearly every public pol- icy topic these days, myths abound, but few mythologies rival that of pub- lic education. A sample: MYTH: Smaller classrooms promote International Auto Show rolls into R.I. Visitors can learn about latest tech, including advanced safety features PROVIDENCE – Today's cars can do almost everything, except com- pletely take over the driving. Though fully autonomous vehicles may be right around the corner, many 2019 vehicles are already packed with advanced technology, especially safety features aimed at preventing or reducing collisions. And those in the market for a new car aren't complaining. When asked what characteristics are important when purchasing a new vehicle, 65 percent of people picked safety, making it the top consider- ation, according to a 2018 Global Consumer Survey from Statista. Local automobile aficionados and curious car buyers can learn about By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer the latest technology, including safety features, at the 2019 Northeast International Auto Show, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence. On Friday, Feb. 8, from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can expect "a whole lot of new car smell," said DeeDee Taft, spokeswoman for the Auto Show. Featuring more than 250 vehicles See AUTO SHOW, Page 4 better learning. FACT: The teacher-pupil ratio has little to do with student achievement, as demonstrated in the 1950s when elementary classrooms were burst- ing at the seams (nearly three times as many students per teacher than is presently the case) and student achievement was significantly higher than it has been since. This particu- lar canard is promoted by teacher unions, administrators and politicians on both sides of the aisle who seek to curry favor with teacher unions and administrators. The unassail- able fact is that student achievement has declined as classroom behavior problems have risen and teachers See PARENTING, Page 2 As in past years, visitors to the 2019 NORTHEAST INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, will have the opportunity to view more than 250 vehicles from dozens of major domestic and import manufacturers, talk to product specialists and test drive the latest models from Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram. The show takes place Friday, Feb. 8, from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. 24 Hour Emergency Tree Removal Bobcat Services Bobcat Services Firewood Bobcat Services Trimming FREE ESTIMATES 40 years Experience (401)726-TREE (8733) 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available Licensed Arborists Fully Insured License #655 K & R Auto Salvage, Inc. JUNK CARS WANTED! Get the Maximum Dollar for your Car!!! Go right to the source. Pickup Available. Wholesaler for Used Auto Parts Parts for All Makes and Models Foreign & Domestic! 90-Day Standard Warranty Extended Available 950 Smithfield Road, North Providence, RI 02904 (401) 353-9200 or 1-800-638-8089 Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. View our inventory at

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