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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
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.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Anne Clark November 16, 2013 at 06:51 pm
And your state's old standards tested cursive?
Emily November 16, 2013 at 07:08 pm
While older tests did not, to my knowledge, test for cursive they did have portions where theRead More students wrote essays on paper. Good penmanship was important, and being able to write quickly was an advantage. Newer tests will all be done via computer keyboard. There won't be "keyboarding" tested specifically by these tests, but the kids will need the skill.
Anne Clark November 16, 2013 at 10:13 pm
So we'll have to rely on teachers and school districts to do their jobs and teach kids cursive.Read More Common Core says nothing about this - so I fail to see "How the Common Core Kills Cursive".
Providence Hogan. Credit: Patch
Dr. Kim Lurie May 16, 2013 at 03:28 pm
Cobble Hillbilly, I don't know how close you are to the facts of Providence's situation. I do know,Read More as one who has attempted to straighten out her life, while holding her accountable for her actions, your facts are not accurate. Providence did a terrible thing, of that we can all agree. Having been given a chance to make things right with those she harmed, she was trying to do so. Her landlords -both home and business, were not paid solely because there was no two income household any longer. Her husband refused to assist in any way and she was trying to pay all her bills, both personal and professional and her restitution. She did not expect the landlord to close her shop just before Christmas. She did not sell gift certificates with no intention of honoring them...when the landlord locked her down with all her possessions and the possessions of her workers inside the shop, she tried desperatetly to get access, the landlord refused, many times. I have the correspondence in my possession! She pleaded with the landlord, all to no avail. She tried filing legal action herself, but the court told her she could not, she needed counsel, which she could not afford. For months now she has been trying to find a place to do work..to no avail...remember her husband was not contributing one single dime toward their mutual debt (the apartment rent among others) nor a single dime towards his daughter's support. As to her medical condition, all I can say, I saw her in the hospital hooked to IV's and have attempted to get her mediation which she needs to take 4x a day at Riker's Island. Feel sorry for her, no. But Riker's Island or Sing Sing or any other institution..better she should be serving her sentence in some manner that pays back the community...this is only going to spiral her daughter out of control and you the community will have on your hands a lost child who may end up on drugs and the like without proper guidance. And for what? Have you seen children who the system has permitted to be "lost?" I have...it is a disgrace. Providence stole money from an institution...her punishment should be more fitting to that crime and NOT simply be vengeful by a community that is justifiably annoyed. Her daughter deserves more care..
Cobble Hillbilly May 17, 2013 at 10:58 am
Dr. Lurie, as president of The Alliance to Restore Integrity in Divorce, you seem well positioned toRead More counsel your client -- presumably pro bono -- on how to successfully move past her divorce. Your role in her life makes understandable your willingness to extend Ms. Hogan every benefit of the doubt, while she has depleted most other reasonable people’s ability to do so -- unfortunately even regarding alleged illness. Call it the-woman-who-cried-wolf syndrome. The issues with lack of payment to her spa landlord went back at least two years prior to the Marshal seizing the spa, however, so no one could have been less surprised than she that she lost access to the property. The spa landlord’s suit against her began in March 2011, after a substantial history of lack of payment. Married or separated, with or without stolen funds, she was unable to keep her business afloat nor afford the $5.5K+ rent. Selling certificates for future services when well aware that her business and its tenancy were on day-by-day, shaky ground was not a business practice to admire for its ethical merit. While you seem to wish to perpetuate a myth created by the defense that Ms. Hogan’s plight is somehow the result of a “vengeful” community, a PTA is actually part of a much larger system, and NYC Department of Education chancellor’s regulations govern a PTA’s response to suspected financial wrongdoing. The PTA therefore duly handed over the admitted crimes to the police to investigate, and then the District Attorney prosecuted on behalf of the People of the State of New York. The matter now resides with a NYS Supreme Court judge. Ms. Hogan accepted a generous no-jail plea deal as a result of due legal process. Her fate was never in the hands of an “annoyed” local community, many members of which have tried to shelter Ms. Hogan’s child from the tragic repercussions of her parents’ actions.
Ryan Harrington July 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. She earned her stint at Rikers and that's that.
Fallen rubble at Christ Church Cobble Hill, which was damaged by lightning last summer. Credit: FCCCH.org
Dana Gallagher April 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm
As a parent of a child who has attended Linden Tree for 3 years, I find Father Lau's remarksRead More laughable. Since the damage occurred to the church, he has not responded to any of my emails nor did he attempt to keep anyone informed of anything going on regarding the school. I have never been so frustrated as with Christ Church and its lack of community outreach as now. The staff of the school have been behind the eight ball with any information from them as well. I would not support Christ Church opening another school. They should declare "mea culpa" and start supporting the teachers and staff of the school that they dropped the ball on so clearly.
Concerned Parent April 24, 2013 at 07:39 pm
I'd like to respond respectfully to Father Lau's comments. We noted no one has heard from him sinceRead More December - if he went on vacation in Feb. and is now back - we still havent heard from him and he refuses to take our calls. Note: the communications officer at the Long Island diocese he refers to has not returned our calls either. It is our understanding that the CC insurance company has been invoiced for all the "moving" costs associated with the temporary relocation of the school. The comment that they plan to open in the future seems far fetched at best, especially since it is clear that the building is and was unsafe for quite a long time. CC knew of extensive damage to their buildings for years - yet continued to allow children and the community to enter it's premises. While no one would disagree that the church is an old historic building, and beautiful at that - it is the responsibility of the parish and diocese to make sure it is well maintained and safe for occupancy. We, the Concerned Parents Group continue to await a response to our concerns from Father Lau and or a representative of the diocese. We appreciate the extraordinary efforts of the Principal and staff of LTP as they provide our children with a wonderful preschool experience, albeit under difficult circumstances.
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