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New York needs to revamp Common Core Curriculum

Thoughts about the Common Core Curriculum and how it plays into the New York State school assessment process concern me.

First, the amount of free time in the classroom is dwindling if not already nonexistent, depending upon the district. Teachers have less opportunity to express their unique teaching methods and skills, traits that must be heralded as an educational value.

Second, the amount of nationwide standardized assessment is unacceptable. The current six days of two- to three-hour state testing a year from grade three on can be viewed as excessive. Classroom time is nearly completely spent preparing for these tests with little room for creativity and self-expression. Such analysis can be flawed, inaccurate, exceedingly stress-inducing and quite unnecessary for a student’s successful academic future.

This leads to my third concern of not allowing children to remain children as long as possible. We may be creating overstressed kids, families and teachers while diminishing the pure enjoyment of learning at a crucial age. Young children are natural critical thinkers who perform outside the box daily, including those with special needs. We do not need yet another set of obscure standards to demonstrate this.

School systems must allow for some classroom freedom so students may flourish along with discipline and reasonable assessment. This helps instill a love of learning while increasing academic knowledge. A return to the basics is in order, allowing children of all ages and levels to adapt, build self-esteem and become competent individuals. The Common Core Curriculum needs extreme revamping or, better yet, eradicating in order to accomplish this.

Contact your local legislators, attend lobby day in Albany on June 8 and discuss viable options with your teachers, principals, PTOs and board members.

Karen Kuehmeier Rosolowski

South Wales