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Monday, October 20, 2014
Oceanside board sets meeting for Nov. 4
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Donovan Berthoud/Herald
Maryanne Troy shared concerns about Common Core.

A number of parents spoke on the subject. One was Mary Ann Troy, a reading teacher in Baldwin who has a first-grader at School #3. “The implementation of the Common Core is making my daily life difficult,” Troy said tearfully. “I grew up in Oceanside, graduated from the high school and then chose to raise my children here. I know that education begins at home, but the schools are not properly meeting the needs of their students because of the Common Core Standards and the testing program that comes with them. Every parent should know what is going on. There are horrific tragedies in the classroom because of the assessment program.”

That drew cheers from the auditorium crowd.

“We need our children to love school, to love learning,” Troy added. “Now they’re not loving school or learning, not connected to what they’re learning. Bubbling in a worksheet and circling pictures is not learning. What is taught is robotic, memorizing, learning to take tests. It is rote memorizing, not learning. We have to trust our teachers to educate our children.”

After the meeting, Troy clarified her remarks. “I’m sure that all of our teachers are doing what they believe is best for our students,” she said. “It’s the programs, not the teachers, that are at fault. I want to make that clear and ensure that nobody misconstrues my words.”

Linn Woods, the head of the district’s PTA council, told Troy that she and others should be careful about “making sweeping generalities.”

“I am sure that Ms. Troy did not mean to disparage the teachers in her son’s school,” she said. “Unless somebody is in the classroom each day to see what is going on, that person should not be an alarmist. There is nothing wrong with a ditto sheet that asks kids to circle a picture or a right answer. We’ve been doing that for 50 years.”

“The Common Core needs to be tweaked,” Woods added. “We’re not going to get King out of office or do away with the tests. We have to do what we rationally can do to make learning developmentally appropriate.”

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