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4 Reasons Parents Criticize Common Core

By    |   Friday, 01 May 2015 11:03 AM

The words "Common Core" are guaranteed to provoke a passionate response from parents and educators alike. The educational standards developed by the states in 2009 are consistently criticized in the media, by parents, and by some educators.

Here are four reasons that parents choose to speak out against the Common Core standards:

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1. It's often not clear to parents how teaching children to add and do other math problems in numerous different ways is effective. Allison Lienhard told NBC Washington that doing homework with her 10-year-old has ended in tears.

"She gets frustrated because I can't do it the way they are supposed to do it,'' Lienhard said. "To me, math is numbers, it's concrete, it's black-and-white. I don't understand why you need to bring this conceptual thing into math — at least not at her age.”

Karen Lamoreaux, an Arkansas mother who has been speaking out actively against Common Core and author of, "No Choice, No Voice: Something's Rotten to the Core," explained how a simple two-step division problem required 108 steps for students to complete using Common Core methods. Her objections resonated with parents.

2. Control of education is being taken away from local schools, and even private schools, some contend. According to The Federalist, "Indiana firebrand Heather Crossin, a mom whose encounter with Common Core math turned her into a nationally known activist, went with other parents to their private-school principal in an attempt to get their school's new Common Core textbooks replaced."

She adds, "Our principal in frustration threw up his hands and said, 'Look, I know parents don't like this type of math because none of us were taught this way, but we have to teach it this way because this is how it's going to be on the new [standardized] assessment,' she says. 'And that was the moment when I realized control of what was being taught in my child's classroom — in a parochial Catholic school — had not only left the building, it had left the state of Indiana.'"

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3. Inappropriate subject matter in the reading material offends some parents, according to The Federalist. One book recommended by Common Core, "The Bluest Eyes" by Toni Morrison, was roundly criticized by an Indiana mom for its sympathetic portrayal of a rape scene.

She said of her daughter reading some parts of that book, "I'm a grown, married woman who enjoys sex just fine, thank you, but I sincerely wish I hadn't heard her read those passages."

4. Many people have complained about the data being collected by Common Core. According to Fox News, parents in Pennsylvania spoke out against data mining being done in connection with the educational program.

"The process, set to play out throughout the country in what critics call a 'womb to workplace' information system, was originally developed by the Department of Labor and contains information on every U.S. citizen under the age of 26," Fox News reports.

"Most of the information on individuals is collected while K-12 students are in school, and includes names, grades and information such as personality traits, behavior patterns and even fingerprints."

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