The Common Core tour of state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. touched down twice on Long Island last week to audiences that were by turns raucous and respectful. Two more local stops are scheduled, with the next on Nov. 26 at Eastport-South Manor High School. That session will be live-streamed over the Internet.
The forums are giving parents and teachers an opportunity to express well-earned worries about the implementation of the new curriculum and higher testing standards. And they are forcing King to listen and explain.
King promised to use what he has heard to adjust and reduce testing. That's good. But audiences need to understand that higher standards are needed to keep our kids competitive in a global marketplace. The Common Core is here to stay.