‘Child abuse’: Veteran teacher & union prez rips Common Core in public forum

Via the Daily Mail:

A teacher from New York has branded education reforms and new tests for children ‘child abuse’.

Speaking at a forum on Common Core at Ward Melville High School, the unnamed woman blasted the reforms, saying that 70 per cent of children had failed the new tests.

She told New York state education commissioner John King that ‘hundreds of thousands of mommies’ were going to refuse to have their children tested because ‘mommies in New York don’t abuse their children.’

After her speech the auditorium erupted into applause and one listener even hugged the woman as she took her seat.

According to one report, the “unnamed woman” was Beth Dimino, a veteran science teacher and president of the Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association.

WATCH (Transcript after the jump!):

h/t Rusty W.

Transcript, via the Mental Recession:

I’m a teacher in the state of New York, and as such I am a mandated reporter. And I’m here to report that we are abusing children in the state of New York. (Applause).

There is now a common core syndrome. Do you understand what that means? We have children that are being diagnosed by psychologists with a syndrome directly related to work they do in the class room. If that’s not child abuse, I don’t know what is.

I’m very happy Miss Tisch that you’re here, because I have fifty letters with me and I’ve mailed you three hundred others asking for Mr. King’s resignation and firing.

I have no problem being judged by anyone, I was judged as ‘highly effective’ last year as Dr. Joe Relick can attest to. Obviously Mr. King, you’re ineffective – 70% of the children in this state failed your test.

I appreciate, Mr. Flanagan, that you’re listening. But I’m not sure you’re hearing. So what I’m going to tell you is, because you’ve awoken the mommies you’re in trouble. What’s going to happen is that hundreds of thousands of mommies are going to fill out this form and they are going to have their children refuse to take the test, because the mommies in New York don’t abuse their children. And they’re not going to let bullies do that either. (Standing Ovation)

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