Jacques Benninga http://kvpr.org en Commentary: Common Core's Emphasis On Process Overlooks Important Content http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-common-cores-emphasis-process-overlooks-important-content <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the latest political footballs in 2014 is in the world of education and specially the new curriculum that many states have adopted, including California. But beyond the concerns of those of some on the right that Common Core is a federal takeover of education, others are asking different questions. Tue, 06 May 2014 19:44:28 +0000 Jacques Benninga 32276 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Common Core's Emphasis On Process Overlooks Important Content Commentary: News That Reinforces Biases Fails Democracy http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-news-reinforces-biases-fails-democracy <p>There is so much information available to us these days, much written by agencies and entities with unreliable records of objectivity and accuracy, that making informed decisions becomes ever more confusing. In this edition of FM89's commentary series The Moral Is, Dr. Jacques Benninga of Fresno State’s School of Education ponders the fidelity of information-deluge on citizens’ abilities to make important decisions.</p><p>---</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:28:58 +0000 Jacques Benninga 30244 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: News That Reinforces Biases Fails Democracy Commentary: By Fleeing the Country, Did Snowden Act Morally? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-fleeing-country-did-snowden-act-morally <p>Over the past several weeks, we’ve watched as Edward Snowden, the NSA analyst accused of releasing classified government information, escaped to Russia in an attempt to find asylum.&nbsp; Now that his immediate future has been settled, Fresno State professor Jacques Benninga explores the moral implications of his actions in this segment of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is.</p><p>----</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:16:11 +0000 Jacques Benninga 19953 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: By Fleeing the Country, Did Snowden Act Morally? Commentary: Time to Stop the Revolving Door for School Principals http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-time-stop-revolving-door-school-principals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each Spring district offices and school boards decide who will lead their schools for the following academic year.&nbsp; Many schools will receive new principals.&nbsp; In this version of The Moral is, Dr. Jacques </span>Benninga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Fresno State’s School of Education writes that often such important decisions have little research to back them up.</span></p><p>-----</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:44:45 +0000 Jacques Benninga 16792 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Time to Stop the Revolving Door for School Principals Commentary: New Teaching Standards Need to Include Democracy http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-new-teaching-standards-need-include-democracy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New educational standards that take effect in 2014 promise to replace the much maligned approach of No Child Left Behind with a focus on comprehension and understanding. &nbsp;While the benchmarks have educators excited, Jacques </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Benninga</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the focus on reading and mathematics&nbsp;shouldn't eclipse teaching the fundamentals of American democracy.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:11:44 +0000 Jacques Benninga 9506 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: New Teaching Standards Need to Include Democracy Commentary: Treat Teens Like Teens When It Comes to Drinking http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-treat-teens-teens-when-it-comes-drinking <p></p><p>The issue of teen binge drinking has been front of mind for many Valley residents since the tragic death of Fresno State freshman earlier this year. The 18 year-old Garces&nbsp;High graduate following a night of drinking at at off-campus fraternity house. On this week’s edition of the commentary series, The Moral Is, Fresno State professor Jacques Benninga&nbsp;says that the old saying that teens over 18 should be treated like adults is part of the problem.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:08:30 +0000 Jacques Benninga 6198 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Treat Teens Like Teens When It Comes to Drinking