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Fri Nov 15, 2013, 09:23 PM


Uh-oh. Suburbia seems to be turning on Common Core. Video.

I believe it's Melville, LI... which I believe is in Nassau County ( NYC suburbs). This must be getting embarrassing for State Ed Commissioner John King ( three years teaching exp in a charter school kindergarten. Actually, one year in an actual classroom). He boxed himself in by promising to do these town-forum type things to sell CCSS but each appearance is more disturbing than the one before it.


Do you suppose there really is a "Common Core Syndrome"? I mean, I have no doubt that kids are unsettled by it but are they actually seeking out psych help?

The other geniuses on the panel are Meryll Tisch ( President of NYS BD of Regents and King's boss ) and a State Senator Flanagan ... who I think ( and hope) is a Republican.

Not that it matters on this issue. Neither party seems to be getting it.

Could it be $$$$?

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Fri Nov 15, 2013, 10:38 PM

1. Neither party gets it is exactly correct.

Kudos from this special educator to the teacher in that video. Arne Duncan is a JOKE!

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Sat Nov 16, 2013, 11:54 PM

2. That teacher doesn't, either.

She rails against the Common Core Syndrome. The only people "diagnosed" with it are--wait for it--educators. The "syndrome" is the extreme polarization and animosity over the new standards, and that teacher has it in spades.

Of course, she confidently asserts that children are diagnosed with it. Curious, that.

The problem that suburbia will have is this. The parents want their kids to get a HS degree that says they're brilliant and have learned all kinds of stuff. Most parents never learned that in high school. The kids aren't learning it and have no motivation to learn it, but the parents assume that the kids' problems are all the schools' problems because the teachers and the politicians have absolved many of responsibility.

So when confronted with a test that says their kids are idiots and haven't learned all the content that the parents wanted them to learn, the parents rebel. Either it's the teachers' fault or the tests are too hard. They want their kids to get the grades, to get the degree. That's about all. They want the same level of learning to be worth more.

Rigor and higher standards are good. As long as they don't actually matter.


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