Dear Commons Community,
Todd Feltman, a graduate of our PhD Program in Urban Education in 2013 had a letter (see below) published to the editor of the New York Times in today’s edition. His comments are right on!
To the Editor:
“Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes” (front page, June 15) focused on a boy’s viewpoint. Teachers must actively listen to students to find out what is happening in their minds about school learning. It is unacceptable that Chrispin Alcindor at 9 feels like a failure and that his future depends on two state tests.
His teacher, Trisha Matthew, sounds like a practical, dedicated and personable teacher who is doing her utmost to support student engagement and achievement.
If the Common Core is here to stay, the material to meet the standards must be taught in incremental steps, acknowledging the learning styles of our students. Let this article be a reminder that teachers must continue to build on academic strengths and focus on vulnerabilities in a supportive and professional manner.
Hope has arrived, since there is finally a dedicated chancellor who cares deeply about the academic and emotional well-being of the 1.1 million students in the New York City public school system.
New York, June 16, 2014
The writer is an elementary and middle school literacy achievement coach, New York City Department of Education.