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Letters: Common Core not right for LI

A teacher holds an algebra textbook as she

A teacher holds an algebra textbook as she teaches her math class. (May 1, 2013) Credit: Heather Walsh

Common sense tells us the Common Core is bad for education and is being forced on communities ["Call to boycott Common Core," News, Nov. 20]. Scores have fallen, and national education ethics will fall with it. Districts are moving in the wrong direction and embracing failure. The government's Race to the Top money will provide very little revenue, and the Common Core implementation will cost districts untold dollars, with no accomplishments.

Some believe overtesting is synonymous with accountability. The reform should be teaching in a way that targets our students locally. Who will know best what our children need to be ready for the future -- our educators, parents and students, or the bureaucrats in Washington and Albany? When communities give away their local control, the train wreck will not be far behind.

The one-size-fits-all centralized education that comes with the Common Core is no answer. There are different speeds and different models for teaching kindergarten through 12th grade. The Common Core promotes an industrial model of schooling. Educators, students, and eventually parents, become statistics.

A boycott is in order; parents on Long Island, please speak up now.

Dennis P. Ryan, Deer Park

Editor's note: The writer is the former president of the Deer Park school board.

The rushed rollout of the Common Core standards and testing is outraging parents, teachers and administrators. This is another example of Albany bureaucrats saddling us with mandates for one purpose: to control Long Islanders. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, at times it "becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another."

Nassau and Suffolk residents send far more dollars to Albany then we get back in services and subsidies. Long Island's population is larger than 20 states. With statehood, we would probably have more representation in the U.S. Congress.

Thomas Testa, Baldwin