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November 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 12, 2013

Education forum

TO THE EDITOR: A few weeks ago, parents received our kids’ grades from last year’s state exams. The results were surprisingly low.

Are you scratching your head wondering how come your child did so poorly on these exams?

Last year, a new Core Curriculum was imposed on our schools. It is required by the federal government’s Race to the Top program.

It provides 6 percent of our public school funds. Since many schools are struggling with funding, many chose to join it. Nobody anticipated how much pain, demands and costs would come in exchange for the very little money received.

Today, numerous schools all over New York and the U.S. are returning the money; they are protecting their children’s privacy and well-being, and their teachers’ morale.

This new curriculum is bringing enormous stress to kids through excessive testing, discouraging teachers who are forced to teach “to the test” and allowing big corporations to take over public schools under the pretense of bad performance.

A group of concerned North Country parents has organized an informational forum on these issues from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at SUNY Plattsburgh (Yokum 200). Assemblywoman Janet Duprey will preside at the forum.

If you are worried about the situation in public education or don’t know much about what is going on, please plan on attending the forum.

The way our kids feel about school and their interest toward learning and becoming well-educated citizens gets shaped throughout their K-12 experience.

We, parents and guardians, are the main advocates for our kids. We need to address this issue and help our kids by allowing teachers to educate and not to train to succeed at multiple-answer tests.

Feel free to contact me at garciam@live.com for more information.

MARGARITA GARCIA-NOTARIO, PhD.

Plattsburgh

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