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What Would You Say to Education Commissioner?

Superintendents and others from education community are meeting Thursday in Huntington.

State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. is meeting with more than a dozen local superintendents, Board of Education and teacher union representatives Thursday afternoon at Huntington High School.

Representatives from Elwood, Northport, Huntington, South Huntington and other schools are expected to participate.

He's also taking questions at a forum at Whitman High School Thursday morning that includes parents, students and others.

If you had the chance, what question would you ask him?

AliceHershey September 20, 2012 at 03:05 AM
What must we parents and stakeholders do to reverse the NYS Education Department's pruning of foreign language programs at both the K-12 and collegiate levels? In an increasingly global, economic and cultural environment, depriving our next generation of foreign-language learning resources is exactly the *wrong* course to take.
louann como September 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM
no more bureaucrates!
Jim R. September 20, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Alice, I view foreign language as secondary to math, science and English in areas of improved concentration. We need to improve those disciplines before foreign language.
Amy Waldhauer September 20, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Why are some teachers unable to teach the subjects? Elementary school science is the worst. I suggest periodic testing of the teachers to make sure they are able to teach our children. If they fail, make them go through a training course to get them up to the level necessary to prepare our children for future study.
FYI September 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Your statement may be true to your experiences with your children. A generalization that elementary science teachers are the worst would be based on what other than your opinion? I concur that teachers should be evaluated regularly for content knowledge and ability to deliver the curriculum to students. Perhaps parents need to do more on their end and not expect all their child's education to be completed in the classroom. I've cringed when I actually heard a young mother express that it's not heir job to do homework with her kids, nor help them with projects and that all schoolwork should be done at school. "Let the teachers do it during the day. I'm too busy with other stuff" Aways make me remember the adage "coconuts in, coconuts out. Teachers can't do it on their own, especially in today's instant gratification society where entitlement has no connection to hard work.

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