"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education." So wrote the British historian Bertrand Russell, and if you’ve read the papers this week you may think he was absolutely right. Years of education do not translate into intelligence let alone an enlightened insight into truth.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited with the student government at the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington. The Senator met with the students to discuss his role as a legislator in state government and to answer their questions. Senator Martins and the students had an insightful discussion.
With the 2014 Legislative Session have just begun in Albany, Senator Martins still finds times to visit the schools in the Seventh Senate District to discuss important issues in New York State with the students.
The Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos 1st Annual Basketball Camp was a smashing success. The first day, held on January 11 at the Dutch Broadway School, and the second day, held on January 12 at Elmont Memorial High School, brought out the community's youth to learn about the finer points of the game of basketball from qualified camp coaches.
Among the skills taught were ball handling, shooting, positioning and footwork.
Senator Martins and Senator Skelos partnered with Gateway Youth Outreach, Elmont West Civic, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. The camp was well attended and extremely well received as not only basketball skills but also participation, physical fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork were fostered.
At a meeting of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, chaired by Senator John Flanagan, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many constituents about the Common Core and about student privacy to State Education Commissioner Dr. John King. He then urged Commissioner King to act. His comments can be seen here.
Senator Jack M. Martins was a guest reader in the Amazing Reading Race Through Space Read-In at the East Street School in Hicksville. Senator Martins and the students read a book and then discussed it. The program encourages reading by stressing that reading takes students on an amazing journey.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently spend a Friday morning sharing a book with the students at the Munsey Park Elementary School as part of the school's "Guess Who's Coming to Read" program, which encourages reading. It's a fun way to learn and reinforces how reading can be a fun adventure with every book.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, calling on the Board of Regents to delay implementation of the Common Core education curriculum. The call comes after months of listening to concerns from parents, educators and students that the Common Core simply wasn’t being implemented to the best interests of educating students.