ALBANY, N.Y. -- Dozens of students from across the state made the
choice to not go to school Monday, instead joining their parents in a
nationwide protest against common core.
Parents and students from across New York took over the steps of
the State Education Department in hopes of a change. They say Common Core
curriculum is rotten to the core because it kills curiosity and that
students are more than just a test score.
"Homework is a battle always. He's got lengthy math problems
that I honestly can't do and it's about a five step process to do simple
addition and subtraction," says one concerned parent.
Randazzo of Frankfort New York says "I am not common. I do not support the
common core. I am unique." Randazzo is one of the kids from across the
state who gathered outside the Education Department in a nationwide protest.
parents have spoken out against Common Core, the voices of the kids were heard.
Eric Schauffler, a 7th grader from Garrison says it was his decision
to skip school on Monday.
could've gone to school if I wanted to," said Schauffler, "but you know what, I
decided to come up to Albany and protest."
13-year-old says he wants those implementing the standards to understand why he
and his fellow classmates feel they are being set up to fail.
should just step into our shoes because they don't know what it's like for us…it's
all work there's no break time," continued Schauffler, "There's no extracurricular
activities like projects and stuff it's just all sticking to the packets and
sheets and notebooks that's it there's nothing else."
LaValle, a Fishkill 9th grader echoed Schauffler's remarks, "it's
very structured. There's not a lot of deviance for like actual learning just a
forcing of information."
says the Common Core doesn't allow students a chance to go over a certain topic
in order to learn it better. "If the class or a few kids don't understand
something," she said, "we can't really go over it because we just have so much
to do and so much to learn about the common core and you know test prep."
asked about the issue, Governor Cuomo said "it
is something that might be the subject of legislative changes next year." However,
for now, the State Education Department says it will
continue to seek public input and make changes but its committed to the
implementation of the Common Core.
On Monday night at 6:30
p.m. at the SED, there will be a session where parents can get information
about the curriculum.
According to the state, the Common Core Standards initiative is to
provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to
learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. But many
parents say that is not the case.
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