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Brooklyn, NY - Video Obtained By NY Daily News, Shows Teacher Pointing Out Test Answers To Children At Satmar Williamsburg School

Published on: October 26, 2015 09:41 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - A video obtained by a New York newspaper and taken in 2014 appears to show a teacher at one of the city’s largest yeshivas in Brooklyn pointing out answers to Hasidic children as they take an English assessment exam.

NYDAILYNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1OR0N1v) reports that the May 2014, 6-minute-long video clearly shows a teacher at Central United Talmudical Academy in Williamsburg directing a classroom full of 5 year-olds as to which are the correct answers while saying in Yiddish, “Everyone should make a circle by the bench.”

Insiders say the test is believed to be a Title III Stanford English Language Proficiency exam, which is typically used to measure the English skills of children from predominantly Yiddish-speaking homes.

School officials have denied any wrongdoing.

A spokesman for the Aroynem Sect-run school, Michael Tobman, said, “This two-year-old video shows an in-class assessment of non-English-speaking 5-year-olds. The instructor used prompts with the first question to ensure that students understood how to take an exam later on.”


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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:02 AM stopthis Says:

Whoever sent this video should get a life theres nothing wrong by helping young kids
It only makes them better

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:06 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #1  
stopthis Says:

Whoever sent this video should get a life theres nothing wrong by helping young kids
It only makes them better

Neither you nor I know what happened there. So, you are rationalizing because you don't want the news report to be true.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:08 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

If you want high-quality test results, you need high-quality testing conditions. No organization can be trusted to grade their own tests, this is obvious. No organization can be trusted to administer their own evaluation tests.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:08 AM Willi boy.. Says:

#1- You are right there's nothing wrong with helping kids but having the 'teacher' shout the answers out loud in class is not called helping!

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM monseyma Says:

I have no idea if the teacher was just showing the kids how to work on this or not, but I'm impressed by the rebbe's positive tone and the happy atmosphere in this classroom.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:17 AM villyamsburger Says:

He is not a teacher. I guess he is just there helping the teacher for the testing inspection

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:26 AM clear-thinker Says:

Did the teacher get the answer right?

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:27 AM Anonymous Says:

this shows the desperation of the anti-religious-freedom crown (i.e. the liberal progressive movement). Anyone who has taught in any school knows that there is a sample question before the test begins.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:28 AM LionofZion Says:

#5, cheating is always fun until you get caught.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:34 AM Geulah Says:

Cell phone camera in UTJ filming a testing session. Call me naïve, but this looks like a set up.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:36 AM ALTERG1 Says:

Reply to #5  
monseyma Says:

I have no idea if the teacher was just showing the kids how to work on this or not, but I'm impressed by the rebbe's positive tone and the happy atmosphere in this classroom.

Agree, very well said,

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 10:41 AM cowdoc Says:

What are the chances that this Rebbe knows more of the correct answers than the children?

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 11:21 AM Anonymous Says:

They won't get jobs anyhow, so why do they need to learn secular subjects? It's just for federal funding which goes into the owner's pockets.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 11:23 AM Anonymous Says:

In other news today.

President Obama says students are spending too much time in the classroom taking tests, many of them unnecessary, and urged officials in the country’s schools to take steps to administer fewer and more meaningful exams.

Standardized testing has been a controversial issue as Congress looks to write a replacement for the No Child Left Behind Act. Parents, teacher groups and some local educators who have spoken out about the volume of testing in schools called the White House plan a victory.


The fixation on high-stakes testing hasn't moved the needle on student achievement,” Weingarten said. “It's a big deal that the president and the secretaries of education — both current and future — are saying that they get it and are pledging to address the fixation on testing in tangible ways.”

A PDK/Gallup poll released this summer found a majority of about 4,500 adults reached by phone and online said there is too much emphasis being placed on standardized testing in public schools. The results showed that 64% of those who participated in the poll believe there is “too much emphasis on standardized testing” while 19% said it is “about the right amount

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 11:44 AM BLONDI Says:

Do they do the same test in public schools? Can the Chinese or hispanic kids at age 5 do better?

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 12:04 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

this shows the desperation of the anti-religious-freedom crown (i.e. the liberal progressive movement). Anyone who has taught in any school knows that there is a sample question before the test begins.

Than why is he pointing out answers as in plural. As someone who taught is this also normal? Read a story before you make a comment

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 01:00 PM kayboy Says:

Just an observation: if the video was truly filmed in May, why is the month decoration Tishrei?
Setup anyone?

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 01:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

In other news today.

President Obama says students are spending too much time in the classroom taking tests, many of them unnecessary, and urged officials in the country’s schools to take steps to administer fewer and more meaningful exams.

Standardized testing has been a controversial issue as Congress looks to write a replacement for the No Child Left Behind Act. Parents, teacher groups and some local educators who have spoken out about the volume of testing in schools called the White House plan a victory.


The fixation on high-stakes testing hasn't moved the needle on student achievement,” Weingarten said. “It's a big deal that the president and the secretaries of education — both current and future — are saying that they get it and are pledging to address the fixation on testing in tangible ways.”

A PDK/Gallup poll released this summer found a majority of about 4,500 adults reached by phone and online said there is too much emphasis being placed on standardized testing in public schools. The results showed that 64% of those who participated in the poll believe there is “too much emphasis on standardized testing” while 19% said it is “about the right amount

What a stupid study. This is why our kids are failing. We train our kids to be soo timid. We train them not to work under pressure. Asia is killing us because they work their kids to the bone. you think Asains know calculus in 9th grade because they devloped those skills on their own? They know high level stuff because those kids are forced to learn it. Kids need structure and pressure. This new approach is nonsense and doomed to cause our kids to fail latter in life when the going gets rough.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 02:13 PM wondering Says:

kayboy:
What set-up are you proposing? That this guy and the students were just actors ? That this wasnt actually a test being administered? And are wall displays in Satmar so meticulously crafted and changed each month?

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 02:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
stopthis Says:

Whoever sent this video should get a life theres nothing wrong by helping young kids
It only makes them better

This was the actual test. There certainly is something wrong with helping kids with the answers. Where is your moral compass?

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 02:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
BLONDI Says:

Do they do the same test in public schools? Can the Chinese or hispanic kids at age 5 do better?

"Do they do the same test in public schools? Can the Chinese or hispanic kids at age 5 do better?"

Yes, and they are more honest also. Their teachers don't teach them how to cheat at such a young age. The kids know there are consequences for lying and committing fraud. Our kids think it's great to cheat and scam because that is what the parents teach them.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 02:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
cowdoc Says:

What are the chances that this Rebbe knows more of the correct answers than the children?

"What are the chances that this Rebbe knows more of the correct answers than the children?"

In most cases, the Rebbe can't read and write English.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 03:52 PM hashomer Says:

What? A Satmarer Rebbe helping kids cheat on a goyisha test? I'm shocked, shocked.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 03:58 PM Anonymous Says:

many here went to frum yeshivas., why are you shocked by this

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 06:33 PM enlightened-yid Says:

The comments from the public on NY Daily News on this article and the Hassidic communities are frightening. Unfortunately the public assumes all Jews are like Hassidim. I think we are living in a time when Hassidic leadership will not getaway any longer with 50 years of bloc vote pandering to politicians for welfare, medicaid and generations of failed children that rely on public assistance to survive because of 0 education. More and more pressure will be put on the community and on the government to push for change. How will Hassidic political power survive the pressure when Holocaust guilt will no longer work on new generation of politicians to keep feeding you?

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 11:08 PM jason Says:

I have a feeling this will be the start of state assigned test monitors. We are in a time where the education level of children in a major city will can no longer concealed. A concern to all should be is that children are being taught to cheat at a very young age which is seeding immoral behavior in the future. Apparently because it's non jewish material most don't seem to care...shame

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 Oct 27, 2015 at 01:31 AM Anonymous Says:

This so smells of "setup". These kids look like kindergarten age and have no idea what the test is all about.
Just an observation... If we are so uneducated why is it that every customer service venue offers a choice of Spanish or English; never Yiddish or Hebrew.
These issues are incited by dropouts and losers who love to make yiddishkeit look bad every opportunity they can get.

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 Oct 27, 2015 at 10:31 AM jason Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

This so smells of "setup". These kids look like kindergarten age and have no idea what the test is all about.
Just an observation... If we are so uneducated why is it that every customer service venue offers a choice of Spanish or English; never Yiddish or Hebrew.
These issues are incited by dropouts and losers who love to make yiddishkeit look bad every opportunity they can get.

Well, i have to say asking why Spanish or English is an option versus Yiddish or Hebrew sounds like an uneducated question as Spanish is the second most spoken language in the US with over 40 million people who speak it. Hebrew on the other hand has a small portion who speak it in the US with less than 200k who can speak it..

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