Rye Parents Concerned About Common Core Standards

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Gloria Perez-Segnini said that the Common Core is too tough on both students and teachers.
Gloria Perez-Segnini said that the Common Core is too tough on both students and teachers. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

RYE, N.Y. -- Some Rye parents feel that the national Common Core standards are too tough on students.

The Common Core set of standards have been implemented in 45 states across the country, including New York. Earlier this week Indiana became the first to opt out of the Common Core when Gov. Mark Pence signed a law requiring the state to develop its own set of education standards. There is also a bill in the Oklahoma state senate that would abolish Common Core.

"I think it really needs to be reviewed. There's so much pressure on these teachers and the schools," said Gloria Perez-Segnini. She said it seems to be especially hard on the elementary school students and teachers, and is looking forward to when her son graduates fifth grade this year. "I think the exams are unrealistic to the children's abilities. Whoever designed the exams seems so disconnected from the children's capabilities."

"I feel bad for the teachers. The teachers we have here in Rye are so qualified, they're just wonderful. But they're not able to be creative and teach our kids in their own way with so much expectations on them."

Sue Huang said that her first grade children are new to the school system, but that she's heard a lot of complaints about the Common Core.

"I've been reading a lot of people are complaining about its implementations and requirements," she said. She compared the Common Core to systems like Obamacare, saying the execution of the standards has not been as successful as planned. "It seems like it's not fully ready to be implemented the way it was intended."

"It seems like the sort of thing that sounds better on paper than it turned out to be. It's a one-size-fits-all solution that is going to hurt a lot of kids," said Allyson Connelly. "I think it will ultimately be repealed, but I don't know what effect it will have on the kids before that." 

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Common Core is a sort of nationwide educational mania which is premised on the assertion that America is an educational mess. And Common Core proponents … folks mostly well beyond the reality of the classroom … insist that a monumental, national overhaul is the only option if we are to save ourselves from inevitable doom.
It's all nonsense.

Are American schools this dreadful failure that Common Core proponents assert? Everywhere one looks the suggestion is put to rest. America is the premier economic and political force on the planet ... and it's hardly about to be unseated. We enjoy the highest standard of living for the largest number of people in the history of the planet. Our economy sets the course for the world. America sets the cutting edge for medicine, technology, and sciences of all sorts. American based businesses are world-wide models. Our universities are the most favored in the world ... with students from every edge of the planet elbowing their way for admission. Our armed forces are the envy of all ... not just for our might, but for our technology and innovations. Our airlines crowd the heavens, our rail system hauls more people and cargo than any other, and our hospitals are magnets for patients seeking miracle procedures that can only be found here in the states. I'll stop there. America is hardly doomed.

Any society as large as America will always have uneven educational performances. American education does not ... and will never have ... coast-to-coast agreement on what constitutes a proper preparation for the future. The nation is enormous. Regional differences abound despite our technological glue. And because of that size we can witness different approaches to the goal of what constitutes a successful educational experience. And the prescriptions for that success are varied ... and as valued as all the others.

Do we have schools in need of repair? Of course we do. Do we have schools of excellence? Damn right we do ... and plenty of them. In our own county we have many of the top schools systems in the nation ... and a few very troubled districts as well. Many of those gaps can be understood in economic and population differences. But overwhelmingly, in poll after poll, parents of school-age children express great satisfaction with their youngsters' school experience. Overwhelmingly. Get that?

But CC proponents insist that the only solution to a problem that doesn't exist is to prescribe a course of action that is untested … devised by business leaders and wobbly state leaders who've never spent a day much less a year in an actual classroom. The Common Core solution? Toss the baby out with the bath water. Install new curricula and never-ending, high-stake, high-anxiety testing from coast to coast ... to fix a system that is hardly broken. Test-terrorize children from September 'til June and robotize education so that every child plays the same note, in the same way, at the same time, with the same material ... and then digitizing the growth 9 and 10 year old children as though they were petri dish goo. What sloppy stuff.