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Common Core blasted at forum

Teachers say curriculum curbs passion

State Education Commissioner John King, center, speaks at a Community Forum at Myers Middle School in Albany Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
State Education Commissioner John King, center, speaks at a Community Forum at Myers Middle School in Albany Thursday.
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Common Core learning made Bill Kelly feel inadequate as a parent. The attorney and father of two from Albany was trying to help his son with his math homework, but quickly found himself at a loss. The Common Core arithmetic assigned to the New Scotland Elementary School second-grader proved too difficult for Kelly to explain. “I had no idea how to answer it,” he admitted Thursday. “I didn’t feel like a dad at that point.” ...


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MikeJSilvestri
October 25, 2013
6:58 a.m.

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Commissioner King can prove that the common core is not about tests and truly allow districts to have control over the curriculum by agreeing to a moratorium on high stakes common core exams. By doing so New York would join the other 42 of 44 states implementing the standards but not testing them yet.

comanche
October 25, 2013
9:08 a.m.

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Education is not a "one size fits all" experience. Common Core tries unsuccessfully to accomplish that type of education. As a grandparent, I can see the stress it is putting on my own grandchildren.

To the commissioner I say this:

Do not fear mistakes - Fear only the absence of creative, constructive responses to those mistakes.

grant18
October 25, 2013
9:11 a.m.

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It's become an amazement to me how many parents seem to think they're doing their job by saying, "I don't want my child to have to learn so much!" I can understand the attitude of teachers towards Common Core. Change is always difficult & few people like it. And, apparently, the Common Core curriculum is harder to teach & there's the increased threat of teachers being judged by their pupils' test scores, which may not be wise.
But I cannot understand any parent who doesn't want the BEST for their child. If students end up learning more under the Common Core standard, isn't it a BETTER standard?

lahartic69
October 25, 2013
10:16 a.m.

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Common Core and the accompanying assessments, test preparation and curricular materials, as well as charter (lack of capital letter intentional) schools, new teacher evaluations, school closings, are all part of the scheme to privatize education. Read the book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools, by Diane Ravitch, former assistant to the US Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander (Clinton administration). Investigate what has happened to cities across our country, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Be aware. Be active. Join together (see www.citizensforpublicschools.org).

MikeJSilvestri
October 25, 2013
12:05 p.m.

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For the most part although kinks need to be worked, out teachers do not reject the higher standards included in the common core. What teachers reject is having high stakes testing for students and ourselves before we can truly design the curriculum to match those higher standards. All teachers for the most part want is just the time that the other 42 out of 44 states, who implemented the standards, are allowing.

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