Here is another post from Diane Ravitch:
This comment came from a mother who attended the infamous meeting where State Commissioner John King announced his intention to have a dialogue with parents, then lectured the audience for over an hour, and interrupted those who disagreed with him. Having announced five such meetings, he canceled the other four, claiming that "special interests" had manipulated the parents.
This parent says she was there.
"....I was at the Poughkeepsie Meeting. Sat in the front row, cause I wanted to look directly into the eyes of the man who has stolen the love of school from my 9 year old.
I am a mom, I have two boys (9 and 14) and we reside in the small community of Millbrook NY. No matter if the persons who did speak were teachers, they were most likely parents too....and I trust them to be surrogate parents to my children when they are in their care 6-7 hours a day.
We are a team.
So, I suggest that every parent start attending every BOE meeting and PTA/O meeting (as I have for the last 4 years, and that's why I was at that meeting in Poughkeepsie) to show the local districts our support and encourage them to break free of the STATES hold on our children's love of learning and their own love for teaching.
REVOLT.....great history lesson....lets stop talking about how teachers are scared for your Jobs...implementing the CC cause you have to...and lets NOT DO IT ANYMORE.
The claim from King was that local districts have some control...and I agree, so now we should show him!!!! Some of the problem is that not enough parents understand how much power we hold in the accountability dept. But, we are educating ourselves and in turn becoming more involved whether our districts want us there or NOT.
It's time for WE THE PEOPLE.....Teachers and Parents TOGETHER....No excuses, we are just as much to blame for this mess as anyone else. Let's listen to each other and lets take back the importance of educating our youth.
I am writing for King's resignation. His disrespect for anyone to have a voice showed him to be the Dictator of his "Communistic Core" and I will not be silenced....this mama bear will fight for her cubs."