Parents protest Common Core around the state

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Parents who oppose the new education standards, known as Common Core, were urged to keep their children home from school Monday as part of a national protest.

"Don't Send Your Child To School Day" took place in every state where the curriculum has been implemented. Louisiana organizers used the Facebook page, Louisiana Walk Out Day Against Common Core, to get the word out.

While the event proved successful in some areas, the publicized protest at the state Department of Education was less than stellar.

Two women and three children stood outside the DOE, holding signs against Common Core.

"We believe in traditional values," said Tabitha Miller. She brought her son with her. A first grader, who is enrolled at an elementary school Livingston Parish.

Miller says the new standards will one day affect her son, but right now they are affecting her friend's children.

"Children who used to do really, really well in school are now getting C's and D's, stressing out. It's becoming a big problem," she said.

Opposition has called Common Core a "one-size fits all" solution to teaching, despite children having different learning styles.

Miller says another of her concerns is the removal of A.D. (Anno Domini) and B.C. (Before Christ) from textbooks. She feels the south is known for its Christian values, but those are disappearing under this new teaching system.

She's also concerned about certain reading materials that she says are inappropriate. Miller says there is one passage in particular that caught her attention.

"A young girl straddled a young man and pressed their bodies against one another. I don't think children in eighth or ninth grade need to be reading that."

Miller and her friend, Brandi Strong, found out about the day of protest on Facebook. Strong, who lives in Central, says she posted the plans for the protest on other social media pages but says the turnout is disappointing.

Particularly because whoever organized the protest wasn't there.

Strong says it's discouraging because they want to send a stronger message to John White, the state superintendent of education.

As for her son, who is in Kindergarten, she says if Common Core sticks around she could end up home schooling him.

Other areas in the state did have better organized events.  In DeQuincey, several parents met at a park to discuss the pros and cons of the curriculum.

Majority of those against the new standards say they want evidence that these new assessments have worked elsewhere.

That's also an issue one lawmaker questioned last month.  Representative Cameron Henry, R-Metarie, wants evidence that Common Core works.  Henry has said he will file legislation in 2014, to get Governor Bobby Jindal to stop Common Core in the state.

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