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TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Well, Bob. Let me correct you. Paranoid Psycho Theresa Flora did NOT "call me out." IRead More called her out. Please keep track.
eatingdogfood April 24, 2014 at 07:10 pm
No, Eckleburg you called names, she called you out. Go away now.
TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 08:26 pm
"eatingdogfood" oh well... that explains everything about you.
New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King fielded angry questions and comments at a Common Core forum on Long Island in 2013.
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
Case closed April 23, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Parents are being told to attend tutoring for common core so they may help their children. If theRead More wheel ain't broke Stop trying to fix it. Case closed
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
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.
Elsie April 18, 2014 at 04:23 pm
@David -- Talent should be recognized by differentiating instruction. Those 2nd graders who can doRead More this should, those who can't should be taught at a level that is more developmentally appropriate for them. There is very little room for enriching those students who should be or helping those students who need it using the Engage NY Modules. I am not a teacher but I have looked at the NY modules and the CC standards. I believe that teachers can address CC standards without the developmental inappropriateness of the NY requirements.
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CowDung December 9, 2013 at 09:45 am
I think that most of the 'angst' over Common Core comes from 'journalists' trying to create panicRead More over Common Core. "If nothing else, it will elimate any mystery." Does Common Core include proofreading skills?
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
CowDung November 14, 2013 at 02:39 pm
I guess this is part 2 of the 'Crawford Crusade Against Common Core'...
CowDung November 14, 2013 at 03:51 pm
...or if I continue the pattern: 'Catherine Crawford's Quest to Curtail Common Core'
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Banned CowDung November 11, 2013 at 04:25 pm
If you know the source of that image, please email them and alert them that Patch seems to be usingRead More their image without permission or giving them credit...
Our Town November 15, 2013 at 09:25 am
What we are facing is the outsourcing of individual curriculum development to for profit, bigRead More business entities that were smart enough to slot themselves in between the school districts and their governmental financial spigot in order to siphon off huge profits by way of expensive standardized testing and supplies. No longer will your kids teachers and administrators be able to tailor the subjects or direction of the learning towards the needs or abilities of the class or community. Gone will be the days of learning about local history or issues that affect the immediate area. In will be the future of indoctrinated learning created by corporate think tanks and optimizers. We are embarking upon the days where the only measure of district performance are test results bench marked against the nation. Districts, administrators, principals, and teachers will have no choice but to teach whatever is most effective in guaranteeing better testing results as their very future, their very funding depends on it. Everything that doesn't further test results will be sacrificed at the alter of Common Core which is nothing more than a clever replacement for Charter Schools as those have gotten a bit of a bad rap of sacrificing education for the sake of profit. Common Core is similar, but much more nefarious. Get involved with your kids and open your eyes that more and more, the rounding of their education depends on you and not the schools. Where parents used to have to supplement the education system, the education system is morphing into a day care and supplement for the parents education all while the middle men line their pockets.
CowDung November 15, 2013 at 10:05 am
I think that part of the reason for Common Core is that too many teachers were 'tailoring theRead More subjects or direction of the learning towards the needs or abilities of the class or community', and ended up not teaching the material that the children should have been learning. Too much of that, and we have fallen behind the rest of the world in quality of education. Common Core does not prohibit the teaching of local history (just as it does not prohibit cursive writing instruction). CC just sets a common minimum standard which all schools are supposed to meet.
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CowDung October 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm
Perhaps part of the problem is the fact that you don't get home until 7:00 pm every night. What timeRead More do you leave in the morning? Having family dinner at 5:30 or 6:00 can make a huge difference in getting more done in the evening...
yamaniiman June 8, 2013 at 01:40 pm
Having trained the teachers since 2010 to do the transition to Common Core does the time spanRead More between that training and now have any reflection on the preparedness of the students? I think not. Many students continue to struggle and some are improving but the sudden jump into the Common Core abyss will sift out a large number of students. Quality of education is very important. To achieve and reach higher standards we must take these steps in strides...not sift and dump. It's like making a baby walk at 6 months as opposed to the time it would normally take to crawl, stand and make that first step.
Steve January 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm
There's a major misstatement in this post. "there's no means for separating the good teachersRead More from the bad ones, making the process of elimination...subjective." When one observer sees a teacher as a "bad one" (your term), that's "subjective." When four, five, six successive observers see the teacher as a "bad one," that data is increasingly objective. The problem has not been in locating "bad teachers," but in the UFT's blind backing of teachers, no matter their faults and their rigging the system to make discontinuance nearly impossible. The Mayor's alternative--resting teachers' careers on one-shot student-testing--is akin to resting a doctor's career, say, on the patient's blood pressure readings, all other signs and symptoms be damned. But we have ALWAYS known which teachers are good, which bad; there is just no reasonable system for getting rid of the bad ones.
mm December 24, 2012 at 01:16 pm
Like there is no derange teachers in the world...we all human beings with problems and you neverRead More know who will be the next to snap...a arm peace police in the school will be okay...teachers with guns...hell no.
Devon December 25, 2012 at 07:33 pm
There were two armed guards at Columbine. Schools have numerous doorways to the street / campus forRead More fire safety reasons. Make owning an assault weapon very expensive. Make it illegal to sell any more assault rifles and have a mandatory requirement of a 5 million dollar insurance requirement for each weapon. No insurance would then be a felony, punishable by a minimum 3 yrs jail. Enact this legislation in 2013, effective 2014. This would be enforced by "if you see something, say something" with a reward for those persons who "out" an assault rifle owner that is not insured, thus not legally registered with law enforcement. Finally, take the profit out of violent video games, tone down violent movies and make senseless murder as popular as smoking cigarettes in public spaces by linking senseless violence to a depressing lifestyle. Senseless violence today is to "sexy".
BRADY December 26, 2012 at 04:07 am
How about just enforcing the thousands of existing gun laws,and why is NYACLU still trying to getRead More school safety out of NYC schools