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New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King fielded angry questions and comments at a Common Core forum on Long Island in 2013.
NYCLU LHV March 19, 2014 at 03:44 pm
We will be holding a free public forum on our students' right to learn. Among the topics to beRead More discussed will be about the Common Core. Please join us at the Greenburgh Public Library on March 25 at 6:30 PM. Thank you, lowerhudsonvalley@nyclu.org
Commack Resident March 21, 2014 at 11:02 am
My son is a top student in 4th grade. He easily passed the new Common Core State ELA and Math testsRead More last year. This year, he is NOT taking them. I have no doubt he would "pass" again, but, really, is there any real value to passing a meaningless test? He consistently earns top scores on all classroom exams. He reads at an 8th grade level. He has nothing to prove, and I will not allow my 9 year old child to sit through more than 12 hours of tests to prove what we already know...he can read, write and do math at, at least, a 4th grade level. It is not kids like my son that I am concerned about. Other children are the ones hurt most by these tests. Like the little boy we know, who is one of the best math students in his grade, yet gets pulled from the classroom to attend mandatory remedial math instruction because of poor performance on last year's state tests. No one- not his parents, his teacher, or the remedial instructor-thinks this boy needs remedial instruction. Yet, it is mandatory because of a poorly written, ambiguous exam, that failed to test the concepts that the children were taught in the classroom. Many, many students are in similar situations. I am not against standardized tests in general. I allowed my son to take them last year and he performed well. Now that I realize how utterly meaningless the state tests are in their current form, and also just how many hours these poor little children are forced to sit through to take them, I am vehemently opposed to them. We have notified the school, in advance, of our decision to refuse the tests this year. I urge all parents to do the same. We will continue to refuse the tests every year, until the subject matter being tested actually has a real relationship to what the kids are being taught in the classroom, and until the 12 hour-long evaluation is reduced to a more reasonable length, one that 8 and 9 year olds can actually be expected to sit still and concentrate for.
Aidan April 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/17/how-common-core-standards-kill-creative-teaching
Protesters stand outside of the News 12 studio in Woodbury on Monday to demand Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fix or scrap the controversial new Common Core curriculum. Credit: Monica Gleberman
Bob Zahm April 11, 2014 at 10:23 pm
@Aidan - you're turning into a spammer! the same url on three different threads. really necessary?
Aidan April 13, 2014 at 05:56 am
Just trying to educate you … over and over again.
David April 13, 2014 at 02:18 pm
@Elsie I'll grant that it's a hard question for second grade. Students can show divisibility byRead More showing 12 being split into 4 equal parts, and again into 6 equal parts, with a diagram, but I think few second graders would get this right. Any second grader who gets this right is showing unusual mathematical talent, or at least unusual advancement in meeting common core standards. Don't we want to allow such unusual talent to be recognized? Especially in elementary grades these days, there seems so little opportunity for it these days.
Harriet Brown January 25, 2014 at 03:44 pm
I remember when my granddaughter used to take part in those celebrations.
Michael Feiner January 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm
I was in attendance for this incredible extravaganza. Every year that I see it, I am more and moreRead More astounded. What an extraordinary annual collaborative undertaking from the faculty, administration, students, parents, and custodial staff of the Oakland Gardens School, PS 203. As always, thank you so much Mrs. Carole Nussbaum for inviting me all these years. With each passing year, this school's annual Lunar New Year celebration grows more and more spectacular! Finally, thank you Mr. Nathan Duke for your fine coverage!
Principal Marsha Goldberg traveled to Washington D.C. after P.S. 46 was named a Blue Ribbon school. Photo courtesy of P.S. 46's Facebook page.
Phil Konigsberg January 8, 2014 at 04:45 pm
I am very proud of the accomplishment of PS 46 Queens being named as a Blue Ribbon school awardRead More winner. I graduated from PS 46 in the 1960's and had a remarkable teacher who has had a profound effect on my life until this day which I will never forget. I often went back to visit her for many years.
BlueRick January 9, 2014 at 08:31 am
P.S.46...I graduated there in 1956. It was always a great school. I'm glad to see it still is.
The city is considering the construction of a new school at a piece of property owned by Bayside's Keil Bros.
Harriet Brown November 19, 2013 at 02:29 pm
I hope that the next City Council Speaker is Mark Weprin. It is amazing how Manhattan centric theRead More Council has become.
Debbie Forsyth November 19, 2013 at 02:39 pm
Don't rem Koch yrs being bad. However, Bloomberg ran it like a business forgetting chn wereRead More involved. Needed more TLC, & i've noticed the teacher's choice financing has really dropped so it's practically inconsequential. It was 200 $ back in the 90s now perhaps half of that. A big burden for teachers.
Harriet Brown November 19, 2013 at 03:00 pm
What Koch did was to slash the education budget. So, in my neighborhood, there were crossgradedRead More classes.
Debbie Forsyth November 19, 2013 at 07:49 pm
Your local school must hv been small enuf to do that. I do not recommend "little redRead More schoolhouse" teaching. It's not conducive to the slow learner. Frustrating for the faster learners. Teacher starts teaching to the weakest link. .
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Harriet Brown November 15, 2013 at 03:28 pm
Talk about dumbing down education. How can our kids become literate but not know cursive writing?Read More What an outrage. Are they also going to cut out Shakespeare?