From the blog, NYC Public School Parents:
Will one teacher please copy the whole test and post it anonymously on
the internet for all to see? We need to dismantle this by the best
Edward Snowden means possible.
From Fox News, New York:
Indelecato, a member of the parent group NYS Allies for Public
Education, said she has been picking up her son at the beginning of the
testing sessions and going to the library, where they review reading
arts and math as well as lessons in the civil disobedience of such
historical figures as Rosa Parks.
"I feel like I’m teaching him leadership and strong self-confidence,
qualities that I feel are good for the development of a young child,”
she said. “I’m trying to instill in him that sometimes it’s important to
be polite but disobedient. Sometimes it’s needed because the leaders are not always going to be right."
As students across New York state began taking the 90-minute tests,
parents have been given the option of keeping children from
participating. But in many districts the kids are not being allowed to
use the time to read or do homework during the testing periods, which
continue for the next six days.
“The children should not be punished because of our fundamental right
to want what’s best for their educational development,” Indelecato
said. “I feel that the district is trying to use the powers of
persuasion to get parents to have their kids participate in the
On Monday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is running
for governor of New York, released an online video in which he had harsh
words for the Common Core standards and announced that he would not
have his children participate in the round of testing.
“After speaking at length with my wife Sheila, who’s a special
education teacher, I am announcing today that my children will join with
thousands of other school kids tomorrow, statewide, in refusing to take
the Cuomo Common Core test,” he said in the video released by his
campaign. “They will be in school, but they will opt out of the exam, as
is their legal right.”
It's one size fits all and that's not how children learn," he said.
"Just because we are opposed to the Common Core does not mean we are
opposed to bettering standards.