Published on February 22, 2020 at 8:17 am Contact Mitchell: firstname.lastname@example.org Army and Syracuse meet in the Orange’s third game of the season for the sixth year in a row on Sunday. This time, it’s a battle of top-ten opponents as a 3-0 start pushed the Black Knights up to No. 7 before they come to the Dome to take on No. 5 Syracuse. Earlier this week, Army was upset by Marist, 17-9, and consecutive losses could result in the Black Knights’ plummeting down the rankings.Here’s what to know about Army before Sunday’s game.Last time they played: The last matchup between Army and Syracuse was almost exactly a year ago. On Feb. 24, 2019, the Orange snuck past the Black Knights, 10-8, behind a balanced offensive attack. Since-graduated attackmen Bradley Voigt and Nate Solomon combined for three goals while Drake Porter made 16 saves — tied for his career-high. Nick Mellen held Army’s leading scorer, Brendan Nichtern, to just one goal while Jakob Phaup won 15 of 18 face-offs.All-time series: Army leads, 40-26The Army report: Syracuse head coach John Desko has consistently praised Army head coach Joe Alberici’s implemented style and said he knows the Black Knights always “play for 60 minutes.” Despite the upset loss to Marist on Tuesday, Army has outscored opponents 60-26 and outshot them 171-118 so far this year. The offense has been led once again by Nichtern — 22 points through four games — but senior attackmen Sean O’Brien and Miles Silva, as well as freshman midfielder, Jacob Morin have all added nine-plus goals. One area of weakness for the Black Knights has been at the face-off X, where Army, led mainly by Stevie Grabher, has won only 52.5% of draws.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats the Black Knights: Syracuse will beat Army by playing to its strengths — one of which happens to be a Black Knights weakness. The Orange currently lead the nation in face-off percentage, winning 71.9% of their draws, while Army sits at 28th. The biggest question mark will be the defense of sophomore Nichtern with All-American Mellen sidelined once again with a leg injury. Brett Kennedy will be thrust into the lead coverage defender role for a second game. Against Binghamton, Kennedy held the Bearcats best attack, William Talbott-Shere, to just one assist.State to know: 8/10 — While Army significantly leads the all-time series, Syracuse has won eight of the last ten matchups between these two teams. Player to watch: Brendan Nichtern, attack, No. 20While Chase Scanlan opened his Syracuse career, and the 2020 season, with a seven-goal performance against Colgate, Army’s Nichtern posted a seven-point opener of his own — four goals and three assists against then-ranked UMass. And Nichtern followed that up with eight points against NJIT. The sophomore attack led Army with 30 goals and 80 points last season, scoring on 27% of his shots. In Inside Lacrosse’s 2019 midseason review, Nichtern was rated as the best freshman in the country. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Fifty youths from Whitewater village, Region One (Barima-Waini) recently graduated from the Warrau Language project; the one-year project is part of Government’s efforts to revive dying Indigenous languages. Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, who attended the graduation, congratulated the youths for taking the first step towards reviving their native language.Minister Garrido-Lowe urged the youths to practice what they learnt and pass on their knowledge to others in their families so thatMinister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe speaking to the youths who graduated from the Warrau Language projecteventually, the entire community would benefit, a Government Information Agency release said.“You came from several different homes, if you can teach your brother and sister… to say ‘how are you’ ‘fine thank you’, if you teach them that, it will spread from 50 homes,” Minister Garrido-Lowe explained.The youths were urged to not to be ashamed of their language as it is a part of their culture.The Minister pledged that the Indigenous People’s’ Affairs Ministry would continue to support the revival of Indigenous languages across the country.At the launch of Indigenous Heritage Month, September 1, 2015, President David Granger had noted that while many of the older folks spoke in their tribal tongue, the younger generations were not keen on preserving it.“It is therefore important that those languages be preserved and practiced because for many, it is the most efficient means of personal communication… we are all poorer when we are not able to communicate with each other,” President Granger had said. In June 2016, the sum of $2 million was donated to the residents of the Kamwatta Hill, in Region One for the revival of their Warrau language.Additionally, plans are in place to re-establish the Amerindian Language Project under the name Indigenous Language Project at the University of Guyana as part of a cultural preservation programme.
Share14TweetShare2Email16 SharesJune 16, 2015; Center for Media and Democracy’s PR WatchBoth the federal government and education reformers have made strategic objectives out of “school choice” and increasing the role of charter schools. But the U.S. Department of Education’s commitment to holding charter schools to the same level of oversight and accountability that traditional public schools are expected to meet is increasingly in question. School choice and charter schools have been key elements of the Department of Education’s strategy to implement the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the DoE has pledged to provide effective oversight for their operations: “Both charter schools and other autonomous schools funded under this program must be subject to the same accountability systems as traditional public schools, as well as increased accountability for improving student academic achievement.”A recent article by Jonas Persson in the Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch spotlights how limited and ineffective Charter School accountability is: “Designed to create and expand ‘high-quality’ charter schools, the quarter-billion-dollar-a-year program has been repeatedly criticized…for suspected waste and poor financial controls.”Persson found that the complex process that terminates in the authorization of independently managed charters makes oversight difficult if not impossible:“With oversight outsourced to charter school authorizers, the state departments of education are reduced to conducting independent reviews of the applications, and to follow up by providing support and training to the authorizers in the hope that they will follow best practices. […] Not only did officials…ignore reviews on a whim, they also met frequently with the charter industry while arguing for even less accountability.”Using Colorado as a model, Persson found that starting from the point where an organization applied for a charter to operate their school, effective oversight was impossible. The personnel delegated to review charter applications are “beholden to the industry they are tasked with reviewing.”The job posting for charter reviewers makes it clear what the Education Department is primarily looking for:Charter school fundersCharter school and charter management organization leadersSocial and education entrepreneursGrant makers or managers with experience in the charter sector.While the Department of Education will consider applications from state or district education officials, reviewers must still “have a solid understanding of the charter school movement” and experience in “designing, evaluating, or implementing effective charter school models.”The DoE’s guidance on accountability when it comes to conflicts at a state level is contradictory and sets a low standard. Federal standards guide states, too, but in reviewing Colorado’s application for ESEA Charter School funding, federal reviewers found that “the application includes a plan for implementing a turnaround model for failing charters, which seems to contradict the concept of strong system of accountability.” Federal reviewers of Colorado’s application even gave the state credit for not requiring Charters to be subject to local zoning and building regulations.President Obama has set a high bar for our nation’s public education system: “Every child in America deserves a world-class education… We must ensure that every student graduates from high school well prepared for college and a career.” With Congress now debating ESEA’s renewal and increasing funding for charter school expansion by 48 percent, now is the time to consider whether schools with limited public accountability can ever be counted on to help our nation reach its goals.—Marty LevineShare14TweetShare2Email16 Shares