Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home

To kick off a dreary day, PS 10′s sun-drenched parent flash mob

Susan Notes:

Watch this joyous flash mob organized and performed by parents at P. S. 10 in Brooklyn.

I don't know which I enjoyed more--exuberance of the parents performing or the joy of the children watching.

For the data compilers, on Great Schools, P. S. 10, Magnet School for Math, Science & Design Technology, gets a 6 out of 10 stars for test scores and 5 out of 5 for how much community likes the school.

86% of the students qualify for free & reduced lunch.

by Philissa Cramer

It's a good thing parents at Park Slope's P.S. 10 picked last Tuesday to surprise their children with a schoolyard flash mob -- today's stormy weather would have dampened the crowd's enthusiasm.

The routine was choreographed by Kristi Spessard, a parent who also heads an experimental dance troupe. According to Lauren Elvers Collins, a P.S. 10 parent who posted on the blog Park Slope Stoop about the experience, the parents spent months rehearsing their routine and even roped school administrators into donning boas and participating.

And while the performance didn't have any overt political messages, a more subtle one might have been expressed. Responding to a commenter on Gothamist who asked, "Who has time to do this?" a commenter named crocodile eyes wrote, "People who want to teach their kids that life is not all about standardized testing & quantitative statistics!" According to the school's website, P.S. 10 families were among those who traveled to Pearson's headquarters earlier this month to protest against the test-maker.

June 25, 2012

— Philissa Cramer
Gotham Schools



This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.