Published in the Delaware County Daily Times Friday, December 25, 2020 Delaware County’s Daily Newspaper Wigilia… The Polish Christmas Eve Tradition! By Joseph Batory Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia translates to “Merry Christmas” in Polish. During my lifetime, Polish Christmases have of course always been filled with piety and joy. But my most memorable experiences have […]Read more "Wigilia: The Polish Christmas Eve Tradition"
Published in the Delaware County Daily Times Tuesday, November 24, 2020 By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist H.L. Menken said it best when he noted that “for every complex problem there is a simple solution…and it is usually wrong.” The pandemic in our nation has brought exceedingly difficult challenges to the task of educating our young […]Read more "Education in the Pandemic"
Published in Delaware County’s Daily Newspaper \ Monday, October 26, 2020 By Joseph Batory, Columnist The Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA) became law in 1975. Through this legislation, the United States Congress approved federal financial support of up to 40% of the costs of implementation of the appropriate special education services for all children with disabilities […]Read more "Betrayal!!!!!!!"
Published in the Delaware County Daily Times Monday, October 5, 2020 \ By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist Most people are not aware of what Rotary is or what it has been doing. So here is a bit of information: There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary Clubs in 200 countries. In addition, there […]Read more "Rotary: A Giant Force for Good in our World"
By Joseph Batory Way back in June of 1960, I finished high school. I now saw three future choices: One was to attend Philadelphia’s La Salle College (not then a university), which had accepted me for admission as a member of its class of 1964 (beginning in September of 1960); My second option was to […]Read more "My Academic Odyssey"
Published in the Delaware County Daily Times Saturday, September 5, 2020 By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist With the 2020 Presidential Election rapidly approaching, Americans need to steer away from personality worship, party loyalty, superficial sound bites, and meaningless slogans. There are serious issues confronting America and voters need to demand that the new president focus […]Read more "What Really Matters in the Upcoming 2020 Election"
Published in the Delaware County Daily Times Saturday, August 24, 2019 By Joseph Batory, Time Columnist It is all too common these days to criticize anyone who points out the tremendous economic inequality that pervades society here in the USA. Looking in this mirror is uncomfortable to say the least. That’s because in […]Read more "Staggering Inequality Dominating the USA"
By Joseph Batory As the superintendent of schools in the Upper Darby School District, the largest school system in Delaware County located just west of Philadelphia for 15 years, I had oversight over 12 schools, more than 12,000 students, 1000 staff members, and an annual budget approaching $100 million. As a result, I have tremendous empathy […]Read more "God bless the school superintendents who need more help than ever these days in dealing with the Covid 19 crisis"
Reprinted from The Delaware County Daily Times January 23, 2020 I have been a member of Rotary for more than 30 years, initially in the Upper Darby Club and more recently in the Rotary Club of Philadelphia. And after all these years, far too many people, including some of my friends, still cannot understand why […]Read more "Rotary: It’s All About The Heart!"
Published in the Delaware County Daily Times Sunday, July 19, 2020 By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist “I often wonder why the whole world is so prone to generalize…..so seldom if ever true, and usually utterly inaccurate.” — Agatha Christie I first met a Ukrainian heritage neighbor who lived near me in Philadelphia about a decade ago. […]Read more "Overgeneralized Judgments Lead Nowhere!!!!!!"