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PRINCETON: Good manners not enough when it comes to racism
University sociologist tells Stand Against Racism breakfast crowd that people should open their hearts and spaces, too
   In Princeton it’s good manners to stand against racism but that’s not enough, according to Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, a sociologist at Princeton University.

   Inclusion is harder, Ms. Fernandez-Kelly told those who attended the Stand Against Racism legislative breakfast at the Nassau Inn on Friday morning.

   ”Standing against racism is a little tired,” Ms. Fernandez-Kelly said. “We should not just be well-mannered. We should open our hearts and spaces to people not like us.”


    Schools throughout New Jersey are gearing up to give another round of the PARCC tests. Families are rightly opting out of these tests. Tests measure a very narrow range of skills and abilities — they can’t possibly measure what we value most in young people: creativity, inspiration, kindness, curiosity, collaboration. In fact, the focus on standards and testing can actually undermine these things. Tests and test prep can squeeze out of schools the most important parts of learning.
    Although I have been writing about how we are failing our students in the teaching of writing, I would be remiss if I didn’t address the ways in which high-stakes tests are dictating the terms of our students’ education. Just as students’ writing is being strictly controlled through the five-paragraph essay, rules, and rubrics, the standardized testing culture threatens our teachers’ ability to teach writing and other subjects as well.
Sen. Linda Greenstein, Assemblyman Daniel Benson, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo
Shing-Fu Hsueh, Bryan Maher, Linda Geevers,
George Borek, Peter Mendonez Jr.,Kristina Samonte
West Windsor



Dance the Night Away

MCCARTER Theatre Center is known for putting on a memorable gala each season, and this year should be no exception as its annual Gala Benefit, with the theme of “Shaken and Stirred” takes place May 9.

   The event will include a silent auction and a post-concert party complete with music and dancing by the legendary Pink Martini.

   ”People can expect a good time,” says Storm Large, who will be lead vocalist on the night. “It’s a lot of fun, a lot of dancing. I speak about 17 different languages and you can expect lots of craziness — but not too much.”


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