[Susan notes: Good point: If these standards so wonderful. . . .]
Submitted to Westchester Reporter: but not published
I am a professor at Fordham University who has spent a lot of time in Bronx schools helping their teachers and students do community history projects. I am against the Common CORE State Standards because they are being used by education officials, here as in other states,to increase the number of tests in our public schools in every grade and every subject, making teachers fearful-- because their job security is dependent on test results -- and students miserable. What you are doing is creating an epidemic of fearful, joyless instruction in our public schools. This does not train people for 21st century jobs in a dynamic world economy. It beats down a generation of children so they will not be disappointed by the low wage jobs that await them
If these standards are so wonderful, why is NO TOP PRIVATE SCHOOL IN THE STATE adopting them? These schools give teachers and students freedom to explore, to play, to immerse themselves in the arts, to take trips, to do science experiments, to let their imaginations soar. What Common CORE does is force public school students, in the name of mastery and proficiency, to sit at their desks all day studying for tests. It institutionalizes a two tier education system in our state, and in our nation.
What we need in this country is to listen to teachers, students and parents about what they think will make schools better. I am sure they
would call for less tests, more arts, more physical activity, and more hands on activities that make children want to go to school and teachers build careers in our public school system. Right now, we are making schools a hell for students and a revolving door for teachers.
This was already happening before Common Core. Common Core will make the testing mania that much worse