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Joe Stampf April 3, 2014 at 09:28 pm
Astorino is simply a master of co-opting anything he can to get press and talking points for hisRead More campaign for gov. He is very, very good at promoting himself.
Theresa Flora April 4, 2014 at 06:53 am
The Dept of Ed doesn't educate children. Smaller govt is the idea here, no intrusion or overreach.Read More That's what CC is. NCLB was the same. Govt should leave everyone alone. Democrats and RINOs love big gov, and this is the result. Junk. Plus the teachers unions are in the way also. Can't leave them out.
Dan Seidel April 4, 2014 at 02:54 pm
Joe: it's "ad nauseam". You a product of Common Core? :>) You really think I amRead More "right wing"? I thought I was "correct wing". I used to be a lefty radical. Education comes from the community - teachers, parents, kids AND credo. The federal government is not charged with directing education or ed. policy - that is local and always has been and always should be - it has produced great thinkers and doers. Lately, as "my" people (the "Stalinists") gained control, we have lost it - we have lost our edge and what it truly means to be American. Instead we are all touchy feely now and p.c. This is no good. and you know it. Save MAYBE for the AP kids, the Intel science crowd, our education of the youth has sunk to empty depths I never thought I'd see. So yes, I'd abolish the fed Dept of Education, save all that $$$, toss the bureaucrats out - let them find real jobs. and keep the $$ home. I trust in he People (and the courts). Regional variations in ed. policies? yeah, as long as the Constitution is upheld and respected and as long as EVERY SCHOOL teaches American Exceptionalism, values and the joys of liberty. THAT is American ed. PS: no database collection of the children's vitals, biometrics, metadata, ed. evals., test scores - nothing centralized - ever. It is tyranny to have such a database and centralized control over the children. Do not give the government powers it is not entitled to - do not acquiesce. You would? why? to what end?
Solidarity for suspended Rye teachers was posted on a parental petition website in 2013.
Interested Bystander April 1, 2014 at 07:11 am
They perhaps at least try to be accurate? Not even a recognized concept on Elm Street.
Ross Revira April 1, 2014 at 07:31 am
How could this happen in the land of the rich and entitled? Rye taxpayers open your wallet wideRead More please.
Zhommy Dilfeddian April 1, 2014 at 09:15 am
I look forward to getting the Rye Record every two weeks. I believe its news coverage to beRead More accurate although I mostly read it for the interest pieces, sports and social stuff. If I owned a business I would advertise in this wonderful home town paper. I would only advertise with its competitors if they offered me a bargain basement rate... nobody reads those other papers.
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
Students share their feelings on the Common Core during a workshop at Copper Beach in Yorktown Tuesday.
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
Aidan March 21, 2014 at 09:29 pm
Harold, I think you made a bad decision long ago.
Guarags30 March 31, 2014 at 02:07 pm
This Common Core is a way for the government to control the education system like it wants toRead More control health care. Check the constitution, Education is a reserved power of the state not delegated to the central government. State leaders (like Cuomo) get $$$$$ for taking part in this type of program. It isn't mandatory. Maybe if all the people who are complaining about this voted the right way in the first place we wouldnt have this problem, not to mention the teachers unions that help endorse Cuomo during his election. Bunch of hypocrites, the "chickens have come home to roost". You Lefties finally see the mistakes in your ways. (BTW im not a conservative) so dont get ready to make a "blame Bush" response to this email. Just think about who is pushing this CC agenda???
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.
Parents packed a Port Chester auditorium in October 2013 to protest the Common Core standards and tests.
Robert Wingate March 3, 2014 at 07:53 pm
I have put two children through high school in several Westchester school districts, as well asRead More having lived in Colorado where far few dollars were allocated for public education, to the great detriment of the systems and students in that state. I think the majority of the teachers our children have studied with, in both places, have been conscientious, intelligent and committed educators, and New York in particular has been blessed by high quality teaching in many of its schools. I think the schools could probably do a decent job working with the Common Core's emphasis on more rigorous thinking, if given the sufficient level of resources needed to train and support teachers in the course of the rollout. I do not have the sense that our state, with its often penny-wise and pound-foolish attitude toward holding back resources from school districts in need, such as by imposing a stifling property tax cap, has made this commitment in full, even as it has enforced the standardized evaluation measures that come with the curriculum. But I think local school districts are trying to catch up to the curriculum's demands. I wish them luck.
Harold1968 March 4, 2014 at 10:17 am
Robert, Taxpayers have been throwing money at the education system for decades while being told byRead More the teachers union to "think of the children!". Ironically the more we give the teachers the worse our children do compared to the rest of the world. Taypayers are done with this charade. The tax cap is the only sanity in the county with the highest property taxes in America.
Aidan April 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/17/how-common-core-standards-kill-creative-teaching
mary marcus November 20, 2013 at 05:19 pm
The school personnel were great! We got out safely and were told what to do ! Security was veryRead More helpful!
Michael Woyton (Editor) November 20, 2013 at 05:24 pm
That's great to hear. I'm glad everyone's safe.
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