Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Critics Question Common Core Education Standards at St. Louis County Meeting

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Critics Question Common Core Education Standards at St. Louis County Meeting

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It didn't take long for the crowd packed into a Lindbergh School District meeting room Thursday to become irritated with the woman giving them an overview of the Common Core Standards.

Maureen Clancy-May, an area supervisor with Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, told the crowd of about 150 that the standards were developed by states to better prepare students for the global economy and for college.

"Tell us the truth!" one man yelled from the crowd.

"Are you going to use our kids as science experiments?" shouted another.

The meeting was one of eight held across the state to gather questions and comments about implementation of the Common Core national goals for reading, writing and math skills for students from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forty-five states, including Missouri, adopted the standards in 2010; but in recent months opposition to the standards has grown exponentially, with critics voicing concerns that they increase federal control of schools.

The standards emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, thinking deeply about fewer topics. They don't dictate how teachers teach, Clancy-May told the group. That remains up to school districts, she said.

But many in the audience weren't convinced, asking why many parents hadn't heard of Common Core until now, and why the state Legislature wasn't involved in adopting it.

Legislatures in several states, including Missouri, are debating a repeal.

"Can you tell us if you're going to do this to our kids control their thoughts?" said Lisa Pannett, a parent from the Mehlville School District, from the back of the room.

Jennifer Bird, a Lindbergh parent, shouted questions at Clancy- May throughout the meeting: "I would like to know how much this is going to cost." she said. "When was it piloted? Where is the research behind it?"

Clancy-May, a former superintendent of Bayless schools, didn't respond directly to any of the comments. …

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