Hudson Valley Parent

HVP - May 2014

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22 Hudson Valley Parent n May 2014 Evan Hershkowitz, DDS, MPH 1001 Route 376 • Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 • specialize in children, infancy through adolescence and children with special needs • a very caring, safe and stress free environment • state of the art facility • general anesthesia available in our fully equipped operating suite Ahoy Mateys! Discover the relief you desire for you and your child! • Structural Correction focuses on changing the body naturally. • Address the cause of: scoliosis, migraines, body pain, lack of energy and more • Stop treating symptoms. We help fi x the problem. FREE Consultation 845-485-5656 205 South Avenue, Suite 107 • Poughkeepsie By BRIAN PJ CRONIN F ew people have a better sense of how kids and parents have changed over the past 20 years than teachers. They've been handling wave after wave of students since the days when we all thought email was a pretty neat idea. To get a sense of their unique perspective, we asked teachers who have been teaching in the Hudson Valley for more than 20 years what's changed — and what hasn't — about the children who fill their classroom's desks and the parents who send them off to school each morning. While the teachers we spoke to agreed that grade school kids are still the same enthusiastic little learners they were 20 years ago, those who teach at the middle school and high school levels noticed one disturbing trend. "I find kids less motivated today," says Christine Worthington, who's been teaching special education in the Monticello Central School Dis- trict for 26 years. "Today kids just assume they're going to college," she says, "but they don't have as good an idea of what "Dad, what's a chalkboard?" How much have our schools changed in 20 years? "Years ago we used to stand in front of a classroom and lecture, and today that won't work. You really need grab their attention." — Lisa Landau, Monroe elementary teacher

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