State Education Commissioner John King will hold a forum at Schroon Lake Central School to discus the new Common Core curriculum. King will discuss the new learning standards Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.
continued King will try again with a revised presentation in Schroon Lake.
“I want to have a respectful, direct and constructive dialogue with parents,” King said. “More and smaller discussions will make sure there’s a real opportunity for parents to be heard. This is just the first round; we’ll continue to schedule forums for parents. We want these to be regular events. We want the conversation to rise above all the noise and make sure parents understand the Common Core, and, just as important, we want to understand parents’ concerns. We all share the same goal: to make sure our students have the skills and knowledge to be successful in a changing world.”
The New York State Board of Regents approved the Common Core in 2010. The Common Core curriculum, which lays out what and how students should learn, has been adopted by 45 states. It’s critics claim Common Core takes control away from local schools and teachers, while assuming all students learn the same way.
King has been criticized for being unresponsive to concerns of parents, teachers and school administrators. He’s also been criticized because he has never worked in a public school setting and sends his own children to a private school not bound by the Common Core.