Questioning the Common Core In New York State

Recently, Commissioner John King testified in front of the New York State Senate Committee on Education and defended the Common Core. Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County, said school officials within his district are unified in their criticism of the Common Core.

“School superintendents, principals, school administrators, parents, PTA groups, classroom teachers — they all seem to be united in their opinion of the Common Core,” Maziarz said. “To me, those are experts that we are hearing from. Now, commissioner, to be frank with you, the people who seem to be supporting this are yourself and the members of the Board of Regents.” (

While many people think the Common Core is a good set of standards, none of the standards nor the making of the standards were vetted by teachers in the field. The standards were created by a closed door process of testing officials and some educators, but only one teacher and no early education professionals or teachers. The process was funded by private money. The implementation was supposed to be slow and gradual, but ended up as a whole-state, all-or-nothing approach, and again, teachers were not trained well enough.Some of the material was not available at the start of the year. Is there any reason to doubt that there would be pushback on this process?

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

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