New York State Education Commissioner John King canceled town hall meetings scheduled across the state about the Common Core standards after parents and teachers shouted him down last week.
YouTube video of the first town hall meeting in Poughkeepise shows an audience highly critical of Common Core.
After listening to a lengthy presentation from King about the curriculum, people got a chance to speak.
"There is no room for imagination. It's all business," said the father of a third-grader. "All the kids are stressed out. The teachers in my district are scared for their jobs."
"My children are angry. They are starting to hate school because it is boring exhausting," said another parent.
At one point, King tried to address some of the concerns, but he was loudly booed by people saying he had his chance to speak already.
The New York State Parent Teacher Association, which hosted the town halls, said on its Facebook page that the commissioner canceled the remaining four events scheduled this month because the first one was not "constructive."
Fewer than one-third of students across the state passed the first round of tests based on Common Core.
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