Governor Cuomo’s Common Core task force held its first meeting on Long Island–the epicenter of the Opt Out Movement–and it got an earful. Parents, teachers, even superintendents turned out to tell the task force that testing should be delinked from teachers’ job ratings; that testing was overwhelming the school calendar; and that the Common Core should go.
Jeanette Deutermann, leader of the opt out group on Long Island, predicted that opt outs might double (from 220,000 in 2015 to 500,000 in 2016), if real changes do not happen.
The reporters pointed out that the hearing was very different from the one conducted by State Commissioner John King in 2013, when the audience was angry and rowdy, and King canceled future public meetings.
Lesson: ignoring parents makes them angry. Patronizing them and condescending to them will energize the opt outs.
PS: when I opened the article, I read it in full…
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