Protesters ‘occupy’ standards meeting

A chanting crowd stopped discussion of common standards at a meeting of New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy on Tuesday night, reports Curriculum Matters.

This YouTube video shows Chancellor Dennis Walcott trying to start the meeting, which was intended to explain how adoption of Common Core Standards will affect curriculum in city schools. The “Occupy the DOE” protesters said the decision was made without input from teachers and parents.

Demonstrators also chant that the city wants to raise standards without the supports that students need to reach them.

As they file out the front door of the building, the demonstrators chant, “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!”

After the meeting was canceled, Walcott and the other panelists met with parents in upstairs classrooms.

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  1. Good for them

  2. Guy Fandango says:

    So, if I understand this correctly, the parents are concerned that we will expect more from their children without providing the support needed to get there. Seem that the focus shouldn’t be on the standards but the support needed to get there. Shouldn’t there be a protest at the teacher colleges and admin buildings protesting that teachers aren’t getting the training and resources necessary to be effective?

  3. Richard Cook says:

    Yeah…good for them. There is not a democracy in history that has not committed suicide. Oh yeah..aren’t we in a constitutional republic?

  4. Chartermom says:

    This video doesn’t show what democracy looks like. What it shows is what rude, selfish people look like.

    Presumably there were some parents who were there to learn more and to ask questions. But they were not permitted to do so. Instead this group chose to prevent that from happening by disrupting the meeting. Perhaps if I were in NYC I would agree with their points, perhaps not. But I don’t agree with their tactics and I certainly wouldn’t call what they did democracy.

    • Yes, how dare they demand their rights.

      • Chartermom says:


        I didn’t say I didn’t think they should speak their piece or express their views. I said that they chose a rude, selfish way to do it that prevented others from expressing theirs. That is not what I would consider democracy.


  5. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Here’s the *really* interesting question:

    Why would anyone care that “standards” were being raised without some concomitant change in “support”? Why is this a problem?

    This is a serious question, and the answer might point us towards serious flaws in the K-12 system.

  6. Join us at Occupy Education and tell us how you are Occupying education! We need teachers, Parents and Students to reclaim our voice in education policy, and practice!

    Please submit why and how you occupy education!

    Thank you,

    Occupy Education