Hearing On Common Core Curriculum
Members of the Assembly Committee on Education, joined their fellow Long Island state legislators, educators, local officials and parents at a New York State Assembly Minority Forum on Education at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. Participants spoke about implementation of the new curriculum based on Common Core standards.
“No matter how well intentioned the new standardized testing scheme was, it failed to take into consideration the human side of education. Rather than start the school year renewed and recharged, ready for the challenges of a new year, our children and teachers are beginning discouraged and anxious about tests and standards,” said Ra, Ranking Minority member of the Assembly Committee on Education. “These forums will allow us to take an in-depth look at the new Common Core curriculum and ask if these new standards are being implemented properly and effectively.”
“Common Core has brought drastic changes to our classrooms that have parents, teachers and student advocates extremely concerned about the state of education in New York,” said Graf. “It is our hope that, by bringing these stakeholders together and holding an open discussion, we can compile a list of problems and evaluate them to see what solutions are available and make recommendations to the Education Committee.”
“It is our duty to provide a top notch education for our children and to include educators in the decision process of how is best to do that,” said McDonough.
Some of the topics covered included reactions to the new education standards being promoted by the President and the National Governors Association, known as the Common Core. The effects of the new testing associated with Common Core on attitudes toward learning, instruction time and the approach of classroom teachers were also discussed. The opinions, ideas and concerns expressed will help the Assembly members to strengthen education on Long Island.
“Education is the key ingredient to help our young advance in life,” said Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown). “The elevation of educational standards is essential for children and young adults to have the tools to realize their potential in the 21st century economy. It is my hope and expectation that these scheduled forums will help us arrive at the next step on our path to improving New YorkState’s primary education system.”
“As an educator, former school board member and the ranking member on the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, providing our children with a quality education is my top priority,” said Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,WF,I-Huntington Station). “Unfortunately, the Common Core curriculum has left our parents, teachers and administrators anxious and our children caught in the middle. Today’s hearing provided me and my colleagues with valuable insight and perspectives from those on all sides of the issue. I look forward to working to address the concerns raised and build a better education system. Our children’s future depends on a quality education, and I remain committed to ensuring their future is bright.”
“To see so many people come out to this event expressing deep concern for our children’s education is very promising,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport). “The quality of our children’s education has come under the microscope even since Common Core has been implemented and it’s clear that the majority of parents, educators, and children are not happy with what they have seen so far. I think the information and input we have taken away from this meeting will go a long way in helping solve many of the issues that plague the state’s education.”
“The education of Long Island’s children is among my highest priorities. This forum will help us get the information needed from those affected so we may propose responsible and sensible legislation to fix this problem. We must succeed if we are going to bring fairness to our education system.” said Assemblyman Joseph Saladino.
The Brentwood event was the first in a series of forums across the state. The next forum will be held on Thursday, October 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Duane L. Jones Recital Hall of SUNY Old Westbury, 223 Store Hill Road in Old Westbury. For more information, please contact the Assembly Minority Office of Public Affairs at 518-455-5073.