Group discusses Common Core controversy
BATON ROUGE - Challengers of the Common Core met Thursday night to discuss the academic standards that are affecting students across the nation.
"I can tell you that my daughter wants to quit school," said parent Sara Wood.
Common Core will take full effect in Louisiana this fall. It will appear in classrooms in 44 other states, too. The standards are meant to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. The rigorous teaching practices have been controversial for a long time.
Wood, a parent against Common Core says she wants answers to her questions.
"I just started asking questions about these standards, higher standards," explained Wood. "Show me where they're higher. How do you know they're higher? There's no answer, there's no proof."
Supporters of the Common Core say the new education practices are a key to preparing students for jobs. Thursday, a team who call themselves experts on the standards, called the Common Core "mediocre quality."
"They were not internationally benchmarked, they were not researched-based, and they are definitely not rigorous," said Common Core Validation Committee member Dr. Sandra Stotsky.
Stotsky is nationally-recognized for her analysis of the problems with Common Core's language arts standards. She was one of five people who did not sign off on them. Stotsky says based on the current standards, students in public schools will not be able to prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"People are beginning to see the deficiencies and limitations in the standards," said Stotsky.
State Superintendent of Education John White is a strong supporter of Common Core.The new standards are already the focus of a number of bills in the upcoming legislative session. Elected representatives say they want to regain control of the state's education system.
The 2014 Legislature begins on March 10.
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