Plenty of back and forth about the Common Core town halls in New York. I’d seen snippets but not the entire meeting. Here’s a video of the entire forum. It doesn’t capture some of the audience comments/ or gestures, which some present described as way out of bounds. The fireworks are toward the end – you’ll learn a lot about Common Core and New York’s approach to it before that (the part about student privacy is especially interesting, it’s a legit concern and serious issue but there is clearly a lot of bad information loose about how data are shared).
Watch it and decide for yourself. My take is that much of it is par for the course with this sort of forum but the last 25 minutes or so are completely unproductive and at times off the wall. When did a conversation like this become like a sports event where you blindly have a rooting interest? This exchange about all of it at Twitter is revealing. NY Daily News ed board with a good take here. John King is about as thoughtful as they come and has launched an outstanding school. I suspect that it’s because he’s unimpeachable on all those issues, not despite it, that this has turned so venomous. It’s also not hard to see politicking about the next chancellor of the New York City schools in the immediate background.