Marotta: Time for education system to evolve — just ask the teachers

“The system that I teach in is not designed for how my students grow up,” says one veteran Worcester Public Schools teacher. “They all have phones; they grew up in a digital age … [but] we still have to teach them in a form that they are not going to encounter when they enter the workforce. This is how they grew up taking in information, and it’s the opposite of what we do in our classroom.”

A New England dairy farmer gives thanks

“What am I thankful for? Good neighbors. Our local communities support and appreciate dairy as a vital part of the landscape and the economy. Not only do dairy farms offer local employment, they add scenic beauty to the rural landscape and offer seasonal tourist dollars through corn mazes, holiday tree farms, farm-to-table dinners and other activities.”

Inbox [Nov. 22]: News and notes from Petricore, WCAC, HOPE Coalition, Clark, You Inc. and Simon Youth Foundation

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Petricore game nominated for Mobile Game of Year

“Battery Boy,” a video game produced by Petricore, Inc. of Worcester, has been nominated for Mobile Game of the Year at the 2017 Bit Awards, which celebrates the year in video games and the people behind them.

The awards will be presented at an event 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Tishman Auditorium in New York City.

Sina-cism: Voter turnout more than a numbers game

The low turnout for Worcester’s Nov. 7 municipal election — only 15.24 percent of the city’s 106,939 eligible voters cast a ballot — has restarted the hand-wringing over electoral apathy, and rekindled the debate over how to broaden participation in democracy.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

It’s obviously not a very popular debate. Most Worcester residents couldn’t care less about turnout, since 84.76 percent of voters couldn’t find their way to a polling place at any time during the 13 hours such places were open on Election Day. The rest of the voting-age population isn’t even registered.

The good news for those who believe that voter turnout must be increased by any means possible is that three researchers from Worcester State University this fall produced “A Study of ‘Eligible’ Voters in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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The Quad [Nov. 19-25]: Four things to know from Becker, Quinsigamond Community College, WPI and Clark

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Becker, UMass Law team to launch accelerated law degree

Students enrolled in Becker’s pre-law program can now go from classroom to courtroom in just six years. Becker and UMass School of Law at Dartmouth signed an articulation agreement that will allow Becker’s most talented pre-law students to complete both their undergraduate studies and law degree in six years, instead of seven.

“This is a great new program which allows students to enter law school in their senior year and save time and money in the process,” said Ursula Furi-Perry, Becker’s assistant dean of the School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences, who heads the departments of Criminal Justice/Legal Studies. “UMass in particular is a wonderful partner because of its intense focus on social justice and access to justice issues which resonate with our students.”

With new sit-in plans, environmental advocates continue to pressure Baker

Six climate change activists were charged with trespassing on state property and unlawful assembly last week after refusing to leave Gov. Charlie Baker’s office lobby. On Thursday, activists plan to return to the Corner Office with 150 supporters, including several who appear ready to be arrested.

Activists associated with 350 Mass Action, the Toxics Action Center and Unitarian Universalist Mass Action want Baker to sign an executive order banning new fossil fuel infrastructure projects. Baker has said he does not want to take any options off the table as he navigates the state’s energy landscape.

The Quad [Nov. 15]: Four things to know from Anna Maria, Worcester State, Assumption and Clark

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Anna Maria hosts Clothesline Project

Anna Maria College will host the Clothesline Project from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

This project was started in 1990 by a group of women from Hyannis to create awareness regarding the issues and lack of support for women who were victims of domestic violence.

Throughout the day, T-shirts will be hung on a clothesline in the college’s Bishop Flanagan Center telling the victims’ stories. Since the project’s inception in 2011, more shirts have been added to the collection totaling over 300 shirts filled with stories of Anna Maria individuals who wanted to show their stories and show their support.

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Inbox [Nov. 8]: News and notes from Worcester Cultural Coalition, Mercantile Center, Bravehearts, Applebee’s, city and YWCA

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Williams to be honored at State House

Erin Williams, cultural development officer for the city of Worcester, was one of five Champion of Artists award winners who will be honored this morning at the State House.

The award of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition will be given at 10 a.m. as part of the 11th annual Artists Under the Dome event.

Williams currently serves on the Central Massachusetts Creative Economy Network, is a founding board member of MASSCreative, and a board member of Discover Central Mass.

The Quad [Nov. 1]: Four things to know from Worcester State, Holy Cross, Clark and Assumption

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Pre-Veteran’s Day talk at WSU looks at challenges for military families

Gabriela Misca, Ph.D., of the University of Worcester in England will speak on “Parenting Under Fire: Risk and Resilience in Parent-Child Functioning in Military and Veteran Families” tonight at Worcester State University.

Misca will look at the unique stressors that affect children of military and veteran parents, which in turn affect their mental health.

The lecture is set for 7-8:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 109, Sheehan Residence Hall.

Military family life often revolves around a cycle of deployment and its various stages: pre-deployment, deployment, post-deployment/reintegration, and re-deployment. Research indicates that this type of family life has an impact on resilience and approaches to risk.

Inbox [Nov. 1]: News and notes from Cultural Coalition, UMass Medicine Science Park, North High, MassDevelopment and Central Mass. PPAL

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City accepting submissions for winter exhibit

The Worcester Cultural Coalition is now accepting submissions for its next show, “Fire and Ice.”

Photographers and creators of 2-D and 3-D works that can be suspended are eligible.

The coalition maintains two galleries that host several shows a year: one located in the windows of Bay State Savings Bank facing Franklin Street and the other in the basement level of Worcester City Hall just off the building’s parking lot basement.

“Fire and Ice” will be presented in conjunction with the city’s Festival of Lights celebration.