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Floundering at the Forums: John King faces more Common Core critics

October 30, 2013

Taking a look at this blog post regarding the Common Core transition in New York state, I’m struck by the disconnect between the policy and the practitioners. That gap is certainly not unique, but it seems particularly wide in New York right now. How about here in California? Do you think we’re dodging the worst of what’s happening in New York? Do you think we’re headed down the same road, just further behind? Share your thoughts here if you like – I’ll write my own post on the topic soon!

Critical Classrooms, Critical Kids

photo courtesy of WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show

Live streaming the Common Core forums taking place throughout New York state has become a type of spectator sport for me. While chopping vegetables for dinner, I cheer on my fellow advocates as they speak the truth about corporate education reform to a panel of policymakers that include Commissioner John King and Merryl Tisch, NYS Board of Regents chancellor.

On Monday, October 28, 2013, around 70 parents and educators spoke to the panel at Port Chester Middle School in Westchester County, New York. There are thousands more of us in social media, in classrooms, in offices, and in homes who share these speakers’ sentiments. We are organized and unwavering in our mission to protect our “special interests”: the children of New York state. The next forum will take place in Suffolk County, Long Island on November 6, 2013.  Here is a…

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  1. October 30, 2013 7:59 pm

    I don’t think we dodged the bullet yet. The rush to implement Common Core has created all kinds of anxiety for teachers as districts ramp up their effort to meet various mandates. This has resulted in sloppy staff development, outright resistance to implementation, and the yet unmeasured impact on students. For many parents, there is little awareness of the impact of the barrage of proposed tests that their children will be subjected to, nor will they understand the immense amount of data that is being collected until the parents are actually provided information on the topic. The idea of career readiness (meaning everyone is college bound) is being shoved down educators throats without any consideration of students who will not attend college. Don’t get me wrong, I feel that students in many cases should be provided with more rigor, but the abrupt change that is taking place in many districts is worth paying attention to. As the parent of a special needs child in New York keenly stated “This is my son and your reforms have hurt him. You mandate schools to share sensitive student data. You force students with disabilities to submit to inappropriate and humiliating testing.” The same could be said for the many EL students and special needs children in California.

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