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Ditty51 April 23, 2014 at 08:27 pm
@ Bob Zahm: thanks for clarification
Pat Godfrey April 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Common core problem is that some one sitting in a Wash. DC office decides what's important forRead More children across the nation to learn. Children in Maine, Florida, California, and Washington state learn. The parents have no input. In NYS the problem still exists. Common core is still being implemented here.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:45 am
communist core=Obamas whore
Karen Magee. Photo credit: Jessica Bakeman, CapitalNewYork.com
New York Patriot April 8, 2014 at 08:13 pm
Common Core is similar to Obamacare. Both are examples of Liberal-sponsored "big governmentRead More knows best" ideology shifts that Americans are just beginning to wise up to and oppose. And, as stated by several above, the only reason this new union head is opposed to Common Core is to get rid of the teacher evaluations. When the teachers union is done "opposing" Common Core, it will be essentially unchanged but for the teacher evals which will change dramatically or disappear.
Gloria R. April 8, 2014 at 08:26 pm
the only reason this new union head is opposed to Common Core is to get rid of the teacherRead More evaluations. and of course to get elected
Theresa Flora April 9, 2014 at 07:25 pm
Or maybe... http://perdidostreetschool.blogspot.com/2014/04/nysut-president-magee-strikes.html
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?
YouTuber captures a fan brawl at the recent Mahopac-Mount Vernon semi-final basketball game.
shakemdown March 9, 2014 at 11:15 pm
@patty, you are right, that's part of the problem some people feel that because we have a freedom ofRead More speech law in this country it gives them the right to do and say what they want without knowing the repercussions or the meaning of certain symbols and in this case what a certain flag stands for. to those students i say, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste"
joshua tanner March 9, 2014 at 11:24 pm
Its been said the most sophisticated form of evil is not hate - but hate disguised as love. That'sRead More exactly what I see in the PC police, and all the exaggerated outrage about racism. The biggest racists these days are the ones screaming about it all over the place with the intention of bullying people - like Judith Johnson is doing. I've been called race slurs and I just saw it as the others persons problem. I didn't expect the national guard to come. I would just as soon know what people think than suppress them via intimidation. "People convinced against their will are of their opinion still". When people make a big fuss over names they actually teach people that they can get power over people by using them. If people tell a bad joke and nobody laughs the joke teller feels embarrassed. People use names to get a reaction and hurt people. When they don't get those reactions and instead just feel observed for being fools it makes them self conscious. People shouldn't carry on and make such a fuss over names - especially when you can stand outside Peekskiill High and hear all the same names in every other sentance. As for immigrants - they actually steal opportunity from black Americans. They've taken the jobs, the affordable housing, benefits etc. Are they nice people? Yes - nicer than a lot of Americans. However a country cant foolishy allow millions of people to just break in and absorb resources and for benefits. With 90 million people having fallen from the workforce America doesn't need millions of people being allowed to break in so that McDonalds can have cheaper labor and Democrats can get votes. No country can survive such lunacy - and if you look America is falling apart. Common sense is gone and people confuse being good with being nice. Being good means observing sensible principles. Being "nice" means ignoring what is prudent and spoiling people to appear good, generous etc. The illegals know Americans are fools. They can't believe the gov pays people who dont work - and that they can just walk in and get all kinds of free free free. You think the countries these people come from would be happy to see Americans break in by the millions? They would be screaming murder etc.
shakemdown March 11, 2014 at 02:08 am
@joshua tanner, Once again i have to disagree with you, there are more people who are born and raiseRead More in this country who get all free,free, free, like you say, and as far as them taking all the jobs, that's because some of the people born in this country do not like to get dirty or work for minimum wage or are just plain lazy so the immigrants will do the work and not worry about getting dirty or if they are going to make more money then the next person. Once again proving that, this is the land of opportunity and that's what they are doing, getting the opportunity that some who was born in this country didn't want, I too have been called racist names but i'm like the old cartoon POPEYE who's famous line was,"I AM' WHO I AM ,AND THAT'S WHO I AM", and if you don't like me , that's your problem,but you are going to RESPECT me. I like to say, let's not ignore the issue because it is a serious problem and if we continue to ignore it will only get worst. Joshua,i like to ask you,do you think that what the young folks did in Mahopac was wrong?. I'm not one to holler RACISM at a drop of a dime, but this is serious and it should be dealt as such.
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
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/17/how-common-core-standards-kill-creative-teaching
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
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
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.
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