Silent Protest

Ken Slentz from the New York State Ed. Dept. will be at the Norwich high school auditorium in Norwich, NY on Thursday, October 17 from 6:30-8 pm to talk about the Common Core. Let us attend in great numbers of opposition to silently protest by all holding the same sign as he speaks.

Rally as many as you can, and get a high number of attendees! This can only work with many of us united. Just a few, and our message seems weak.

I strongly suggest that everyone who wishes to attend, get there early. The auditorium holds 600 persons. The Norwich superintendent’s office didn’t have much information to give us. All they said was that it is from 6:30-8:00 in the auditorium. When asked how they would handle questions, overflow attendance, etc. – they had no answers.

Be ready with a good question or statement of concern. Use one from this list if you want to:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/173037712/Difficult-Questions-to-Ask-at-PTA-Town-Hall-Meeting

If we all submit the same questions there is a higher probability that one of them will get answered. However, if you have a different question that is important to you please don’t hesitate to submit it. Who knows how the format of the event will unfold. Be ready to write your question on a card, get up to stand at the front of the line, etc. Please everybody come ready to ask at least one question.  Again, we don’t have specific information on if and when we will be allowed to speak, so be prepared!

What we ALL can do is a silent protest. Please print a big stack of the “Not A Test Score” paper, and hand out to any in your row that will take them. We will hold them up in unison as Ken Slentz takes the stage and at any appropriate moments of opposition. If there are questions, we can also hold them up as each speaker/ moderator asks it.

Print a stack of these and bring them with you to hand out!

Print a stack of these and bring them with you to hand out!

Join this event on facebook.

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About Betsy Bloom

Betsy is an Associate Professor of Education at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY. She is also a parent of two, a nine year veteran middle school social studies teacher and the current president of the NYS Foundations of Education Association, an organization dedicated to achieving social justice through public education.
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  1. Pingback: UPDATE: Norwich event cancelled | Oneonta Area For Public Education

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