Learn about Common Core

To the Editor:

In last week’s Times of Ti edition there was an article about the new educational initiative called Common Core Standards.

It has been met with much skepticism & criticism; chief among them are the “one-size fits all” approach, excessive testing, reduced teaching time, and a more intrusive government via data-mining.

In the article last week NYS Education Commissioner John King claimed he canceled the remaining forums due to an unruly special interest group. Nothing could be further from the truth.

When concerned parents, teachers, and students met in Poughkeepsie in mid-October to discuss the standards, Mr. King and other officials dominated the discussion for at least 1 hour and 20 minutes.

After being promised one hour to speak the attendees were granted only 23 minutes before the panel pulled the plug on them.

As taxpayers, you too would be upset that your grievances were cut short.

Right now, Mr. King has changed the schedule to include smaller venues in the hopes they will be less vocal. As my letter goes to print the Schroon Lake meeting will have already taken place on Nov. 20. This forum may be smaller in size, but I bet they’ll be no less vocal than in Poughkeepsie. I encourage every parent to do your own homework and search the internet to learn more about Common Core. Please follow that up with a visit to your school superintendents and other officials.

John Sharkey


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