I read with interest this story by the Huffington Post about a recent town hall meeting in New York about Common Core.
In short: Some people in New York are pretty ticked off about Common Core, and want to oust the state education commissioner, Dr. John King.
Here’s a bit from that story:
It’s been more than three years since the state first adopted the standards — and more than a year since some districts began their implementing them — but critics are still calling for the benchmarks to be rolled back and for leaders at the forefront of the standards to bow out.
The Common Core, a set of new education learning standards that emphasize deep learning and critical thinking, have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. New York is one of the first states to start testing on the benchmarks.
In the latest controversy, parent groups are calling for New York state Commissioner of Education Dr. John King to resign. Many were enraged last week after King canceled a tour of Common Core town hall meetings — scheduled take place across the state — after only attending one in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 10.
Videos show the town hall became boisterous, with crowds shouting at and heckling King from the audience.
One parent shouted from the audience that her child was being taught curriculum “like a little Nazi” while King’s children were “prospering in the freedom of a private Montessori school.” When the town hall was cut short, audience members shouted “Where’s our hour?” and “Where’s your representation for parents?”
Basically, it got loud, rowdy and the crowd was angry.
New York’s Education Commissioner has since cancelled the remaining scheduled town hall meetings, saying the meetings were no longer constructive, though he said he was open to working to make other forums.
It reminded me a bit of last night’s public forum in Sioux Falls on Common Core, featuring State Education Secretary Melody Schopp, which got heated at times. Audience members clapped loudly after others spoke against or questioned the standards, and when questions weren’t answered to their satisfaction, audience members demanded a better answer. From the sounds of it, however, things were quite a bit more heated in New York.
Tuesday was the second public forum Schopp has attended recently Sioux Falls, to discuss Common Core Standards. Both events have been attended well, with passionate people on both sides.
Schopp said she’s open to attending more forums to answer questions, so it will be interesting to see how many more will be scheduled.
The South Dakota Department of Education has information about the standards at www.commoncore.sd.gov. An opposition group has its own website at www.sdagainstcommoncore.com.