He says it at the end of this video from last night's Common Core meeting in Mineola.
Watch the video at Newsday here.
He says this after hearing parent after parent tell him and his boss, Merryl Tisch, that their kids are faking illness so that they don't have to go to school because they hate the Common Core so much, after a union leader told him about a new illness called Common Core syndrome that some children and teachers are suffering from the anxieties created by the state reform agenda, after teacher after teachers tells him that kids are tuning out of their classes because they find the Common Core work such soul-sapping drudgery.
Commissioner John King is totally out of touch, not just with the students, parents, teachers and administrators of this state, he's out of touch with his own humanity.
Does he really think reading the same story for 17 straight days in order to practice close reading skills makes anybody joyful?