Jack M. Martins's posts related to Education

FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

U of H: The University of Hypocrisy

"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.

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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH STUDENT GOVERNMENT AT THE VINCENT SMITH SCHOOL

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. 

SENATOR MARTINS BASKETBALL CAMP A SLAM DUNK

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.

FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Making “Targets” of our children

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SENATOR MARTINS CHALLENGES COMMISSIONER KING TO ACT AT EDUCATION MEETING

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.

SENATORS TO KING: DELAY COMMON CORE OR WE WILL

From Newsday

By Michael Gormley

New York's Senate Thursday threatened to take legislative action to delay the implementation of a Common Core curriculum in schools that has stressed students, angered parents and anguished teachers.

"Do not force this body . . . to come up with a legislative solution," Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) warned Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. at Thursday's education committee meeting.

"Hit the delay button!" said Sen. George Latimer (D-Port Chester), slamming the table as he sat next to King. "Hit it!"

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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN EAST STREET SCHOOL AMAZING READING RACE

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 MARTINS SHARES IN JOY OF READING WITH MUNSEY PARK SCHOOL STUDENTS

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 MARTINS TO BOARD OF REGENTS: DELAY COMMON CORE

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.

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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Beware of Mayors Seeking Tax Hikes

I guess I rained on the parade and I have to admit, it felt pretty good.

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