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Speaking out on the Common Core

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August 23, 2013

Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder has learned in the last two weeks how widely read her Superintendent’s Page on the Voorheesville Central School District web site has become with educators....

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Aug-31-13 10:22 AM

I just think it's interesting how an article about Common Core and it's lack of substance for children has become a political commentary for who can or can't be President. Seriously, folks, the kids are more important than that rhetoric. This is the future of our country we're talking about, not today's bunch of crazies!

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Aug-24-13 8:38 PM

Nope, fraid not, JOEW. Apparently, it isn't enough for you that Ted Cruz himself has finally had to acknowledge that he is a Canadian citizen. I guess you're not a fan of the Constitution because it spells out qualifications for offices. And if Cruz admits to not being a citizen, all we need do is see what the Constitution says. You birthers can't stand it, can you?

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Aug-24-13 4:48 PM

Or in your case "truthteller" outright ignorance about what constitutes citizenship.One need not even go to the funnies page to have a good laugh!

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Aug-24-13 10:19 AM

Disagreeing with "What's your evidence?"! That just reveals stupidity.

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Aug-23-13 6:43 PM

Commentor--how is that obvious? What's your evidence?

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Aug-23-13 6:42 PM

Commentor--like Ted Cruz. I bet he even speaks French Canadian.

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Aug-23-13 3:39 PM

Dr. Snyder is a credible voice whose courage and honesty are admirable. Let's hope more administrators, parents and teachers take a closer look at the expectations that do not align with child development research...and common sense. Some children develop at a slower pace, and expecting teachers to push college level material at younger students is a waste of time and energy, at best.

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Aug-23-13 2:30 PM

DCronignut it's obvious you are one of the freeloaders on welfare.

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Aug-23-13 1:50 PM

The Common Core isn't driven at the rich. Just the opposite. If it were devoted to benefiting an elite population it would be most beneficial to implement it in private schools, which are exempt from common core standards and standardized testing. The Common Core isn't beneficial to students, schools or education as a whole. Children are having information thrown at them that is beyond what they can process. A design for them to fail. The material is not age and/or developmentally appropriate. First graders should be taught where they live, what makes their community grow, etc. not about Mesopotamia! The disguise that this has been implemented to place schools across the nation on the same page is absurd and the expectation that the core is going to create productive adults is equally as absurd.

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Aug-23-13 1:44 PM

ACT -- the other college standardized testing group rather than the SAT -- came out with their 2012 results:

Only 25% of ACT tested students -- 1 in 4 -- were college ready in the four subjects of english, reading, math and science. One in four of college bound students....

NYS' Common Core proficiency results averaged 31% -- close to 1 in 3.

Two things are quite clear: 1) both testing indicates that proficiency is reliably 25% - 31% and 2) whereas when one of four college bound students are college-ready, out come the gripes/whining/indignation with one in three proficiency in NYS Common Core.

DK: you're correct: households have a huge impact with students' success.

Commenturd: The states with the poorest ACT college readiness scores were the solid red states -- full of all those english-speaking, "real been-in-US-for-generations Americans" whites. Obviously, ignorance has no skin color, english language, US citizen barriers.

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Aug-23-13 11:02 AM

Educated working homes push education and good work ethic. They don't push entitlements, you owe me, you got it I should share it. You don't have to be rich to push good work ethic. Our ancestors came here with nothing but what they wanted was to work, learn the language and better themselves. The mentality today is come here and get on welfare and hire someone to translate because I don't want to learn your language.

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Aug-23-13 10:48 AM

"The crucial ingredient for the success is the district is quite wealthy with only 5 percent of the student population being eligible for free and reduced lunch."

That's exactly right - for the most part, educated, working, two-parent homes. Makes all the difference in the world...

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