This is an "I-CHALLENGE": At the Mount Vernon PTA Council Dinner this past Friday, I was asked to give a speech as Board President of the Mount Vernon City School District. The speech was inspired by my colleague, MVCSD Trustee Brenda L. Crump. She is famous for saying "There is no "I" in the word TEAM." The Board of Trustees are a Board of nine that can have differences, but at the end of the conversation, must speak as a collective of one TEAM. So, my speech, and this posting goes on to reflect...even though there is NO "I" in TEAM; there is

AN "I" in IDEAL, INTEGRITY, IDEA, INDEPENDENT, INDUSTRIOUS, INNOVATION. In thinking through the "I" problem, I realize that the State's "COMMON CORE" also denies the existence of the "I" in INDIVIDUAL. That for a school system to focus on the "COMMON" is to deny that the difference between the genius and an ordinary person is that a "a genius can think more than ordinary people...and can think differently than ordinary people." ...and perhaps the problem with the COMMON CORE... and all of its precursor efforts at standardizing education... is that I have never met a "standard child" each one is different... at least until we peg them... squeeze them into some hole they weren't meant to fit the first place... Perhaps the genius in their Creation is not in their sameness but in their difference.

Thomas Ricapito Headshot
Phone: 914-804-3048
Dated: March 22nd 2015
Views: 1,358
About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...

Property Search

RSS Feed

View our latest blog posts in your RSS reader. Click here to access. RSS

Search Blog

Recent Blogs

What Can You Get For 321000 In Beekman NY - This charming home located in in
Coming Soon 9 26 18 - Experience the exquisite and
WHAT DOES 265000 BUY IN Carmel NY - WHAT DOES $265,000 BUY IN
PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE INTO A NEW HOME - Moving into a new home is an

Saved Properties

This is a list of your favorite properties. We will email you if a property is reduced or leaves the market.

Click 'Save' to add a property to this list.

Register / Login

New & returning visitors please enter your information to login.

By clicking 'register' you are agreeing to our terms of use & giving us expressed written consent to contact you.

Questions? Comments? Complaints?

This message will go directly to the head of our team.

Location & Address

J. Philip Real Estate
522 North State Rd
Briarcliff Manor, NY

Other Locations