Parents, Students Protest Common Core Standards

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- About 100 - parents and students protested on the steps of the state's education building today to voice their opposition a new school standards initiative called common core.

"They're just not teaching the kids right anymore in the schools," Bob Crout said.

Crout, his wife, Carol and their 11-year-old son Robert traveled all the way from Myrtle Beach for the Common Core protest.

"Since none of this was ever voted on, I believe it needs to be voted on right, let the parents have a say in this," Bob Crout said.

"Everybody wants to  hook onto this idea of the Federal government is involved ,so if the Federal government is involved then we don't want to have any part of it," Jackie Hicks said.

Hicks is the president of The South Carolina Education Association.     

She says the best way parents can get involved is to get onto school grounds.

"If you want to be involved in education then why don't you go to your schools and form a committee, work with the teachers. What is it that you can do to help," Hicks said.

The phrase "developmentally inappropriate" was used over and over again to describe Common Core.

"The math problem four times three equals 11 will get graded correct as long as the children can explain how they got their answer it doesn't matter if the answer is right or wrong," Carol Crout said.

"There's a language that you have to learn in math to have an in depth understanding of what those symbols are representing," Hicks said. "That's what true learning is all about."

With Common Core set to be fully implemented by the next school year, the Crouts have been contemplating homeschooling Robert.    

But Hicks says there's an alternative.

"Instead of pulling kids out of school let's keep them in school and let's make sure that the instruction they have is going to help them meet their goals for the future," Hicks said. 

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