It’s no surprise that New York’s Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr., bailed on a public hearing in Garden City last week regarding the Common Core curriculum following an upstate event at which the public was noisily outspoken. It’s also no surprise that the uproar over the cancellation led to the sudden announcement of a new series of events. This time, however, the forums won’t be quite so open, and the commissioner will be buffered by local state legislators to insure, as King put it, a “respectful, direct and constructive dialogue with parents.” Like so many “public servants,” King indignantly recoils from vociferous public disagreement. Or even tough questions.
• “Isn’t New York State moving too quickly to implement and begin testing our kids on a ‘standard’ that hasn’t proven to have any more educational substance than what you might step in behind a bull?”
Bayville Scream Park
8 Bayville Ave., Bayville 516-62-GHOST
Voted the “Scariest Haunted House” on Long Island for seven consecutive years, the Bayville Scream Park has plenty to spook kids of all ages. Using a back story that includes a vampire hunter-turned-vampire named Barnabas Bay who turns Bayville Adventure Park into Bayville Scream Park, its main attractions include Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needles Funhouse of Fear, Temple of Terror, Curse of the Zombie Pirates and Evil in the Woods. Through November 3.
Opening our tax bills in the past few weeks and discovering six, seven, even 10 percent increases, only underscored the high cost of Long Island public education. And for most communities in Nassau County, the bare nerve isn’t quality, it’s cost. Some of the best public schools on the planet are right here. So are some of the most expensive.
The Third Annual Breast Cancer Summit created the opportunity for health professionals, industry leaders, elected officials, activists and others affected by breast cancer to come together to learn and connect. Held recently at Coral House in Baldwin, nearly 500 people attended the Summit, which offered the latest information in breast cancer research and treatment, with inspirational speeches by two women who have had breast cancer.
If you want to do one thing this year for our children, our nation and our future, buy a copy of Diane Ravitch’s brilliant and engaging new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools (Knopf, $27.95).
It is a best-seller that is destined to change the course of American education everywhere, suburban, urban and rural schools alike. When I started reading it, I was humbled, excited and sad.
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