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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-07-2019

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2 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION have been increasingly hamstrung – by unsupportive administrators, politicians and the courts – when it comes to discipline. It's student behavior, folks, not class size. MYTH: More money would improve student achievement. FACT: As a category, Catholic schools have the best record when it comes to student achievement, including students who represent the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum. With rare exception, Catholic schools spend consider- ably less per student than do public schools. Classroom discipline in most Catholic schools is head-and- shoulders above the ever-deteriorat- ing situation in most public schools, but equally important is the fact that Catholic schools do not suf- fer administrative bloat. Unlike the case in most public school districts, one does not find multiple assistant superintendents of this and that in Catholic systems. MYTH: Encouraging parents to oversee and help with homework positively impacts student achieve- ment. FACT: Wrong again. A 2014 study found an inverse relation- ship between homework help from parents and school achievement, irrelevant of any demographic char- acteristic or even child ability level. The fact is that homework enabling – a much more accurate descriptor than "homework help" – is like any other form of enabling: to wit, it has a decidedly negative impact on personal responsibility and, there- fore, a negative impact on student achievement. Referencing the 1950s again (which drives my perennial detractors up the proverbial wall), it was the rare parent who rendered anything more than occasional help with homework. Thus, children possessed higher levels of personal responsibility and student achieve- ment was significantly higher. MYTH: Social science research has been a boon to public education. FACT: Since the late 1960s, public school educators and policymak- ers have embraced the progressive notion that new ideas are better than old ideas. The new ideas in ques- tion have been supported by social science research (which will support just about anything one wants it to support), yet none of the new ideas – open classrooms, outcome-based education, collaborative learning (to cite but a few) – have panned out. Today as yesterday, the most suc- cessful schools are those that adhere to a traditional model. MYTH: Teaching academics prior to first grade (encouraged by both public and private schools) boosts overall achievement. FACT: A growing number of educators and researchers are con- vinced that teaching academics prior to 1st grade increases the per capita incidence of learning disabilities and lowers achievement in the long run. As did most of my peers, I came to 1st grade not knowing my ABCs. Lest I needlessly repeat myself, the reader is encouraged to re-read myths one through four above. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. PARENTING From Page One Yacouba Diabate, Chris Monti bring West African music to BRT CUMBERLAND – Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., will present a split concert of West African music featuring Yacouba Diabate and the Chris Monti Trio on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. Yacouba Diabate is a master kora player born in Burkina Faso, West Africa. His family, the Griot family, is well-known as musicians and as a young adult, Yacouba studied the kora in Mali with renown kora mas- ter, Toumani Diabate. Yacouba has brought his music to France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Belgium as well as the United States. Yacouba also makes and sells tradi- tional African string and percussion instruments in addition to teaching instrumental music to both youth and adults. In the past, Yacouba has performed for several world leaders at the United Nations in New York City. Chris Monti is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player whose original songs are influenced by rock 'n' roll and country blues as well as music from West Africa, Egypt and India. The Chris Monti Trio features bass- ist Theo Regan and drummer Matt McLaren and they play West African Music and West African-inspired songs. Chris and Matt learned many of these songs playing in the Double Decker Dance Band from band leader, singer, guitarist, Joe Paye, of Liberia. You'll hear Soka, Highlife, and Soukous beats. Monti has toured the East Coast, opening many times for country-blues artist Paul Geremia, and has also played with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. Admission is $15. For reservations, call Blackstone River Theatre at 401- 725-9272. For more information, visit www.riverfolk.org . Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, will present a split concert of West African music featuring YACOUBA DIABATE, left, and the CHRIS MONTI TRIO on Saturday, Feb, 9, at 8 p.m. Talk to Roger Bouchard or Jeff Gamache and plan your own show. One hour segments of radio time available for specialized talk or music segments. Programs can be Spanish, Italian or Greek. Programs can be jazz, blues, oldies or whatever. Use your imagination. Less expensive than you think. Your programs also stream on the internet at wnri.com Interested? Call and discuss the possibilities. 769-6925 News/Talk 1380/WNRI since 1954 WNRI/1380 Host your own Radio Show? Do you know someone celebrating a March Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for MARCH will be printed on February 28, 2019. Forms should be received by The Valley Breeze by Friday, February 22, 2019. Send in the name of someone with his or her March birth date and $2 per edition and we'll include them in the club. The check should be made payable to The Valley Breeze for use in the Breeze charities fund. Mail to: The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Thank you! Greetings should be 10 words or less. Name: .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Date of Birth: ............................................................................................................................................ Age: .............................................................................. 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