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Education Town Hall Series PART II brings out emotions about the common core curriculum

By ALLISON NORLIAN

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Common Core debate got down to the core, literally, at the second part of Senator Joseph Griffo's Education Town Hall Series which was held Monday night at Whitesboro High School.

Hundreds of people's feelings and emotions poured out as individuals from all around the area relayed their message to Dr. John King, the New York State Commissioner of Education. Their message: that the common core is dangerous to the education system.

Many teachers like, Allison Ingmire said the problem is not the common core standards but the content and materials, " They are demoralizing to us, make us feel people at the Board of Education and the State Board of Education don't have faith in us and are not allowing us to teach like we know we could be teaching. Students are sitting all day ..we talk all day long...the kids don't get up to do anything."

Ingmire also believes if they were allowed to use the standards but create their own curriculum, they would be in a much better place.

Dr. King's response? That the common core curriculum is created on the local level and that districts are allowed to use the standards and come up with their own curriculum. However, As one teacher put it during their presentation to the commissioner, the federal government are the ones who design the standardized tests; If a teacher follows a curriculum other then the common core, they are setting up their student's for failure from the beginning.

Dr. King believes that the common core is actually engaging critical thinking within the classroom and preparing students for college and a career, " Any change process comes with challenges of change and 45 states including New York, are all moving towards a higher set of standards that reflect college and career readiness. They are undoubted a challenge, that will require changes in instruction, practice and it will take an adjustment."

An adjustment that many just do not believe is necessary, they want to go back to the basics said Patricia Hensen, a concerned parent, " I feel like unless us parents speak up and teachers speak up were going to continue down this path and were going to look back regretting what happened."

The third part of the Education Town Hall Series has no set date but will feature Kenneth Lavalle, Chairman of the State Senate Committee on Higher Education.

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