Common Core Standards are being implemented in 45 states across the country, but at what cost?
The Common Core Standard Initiative is an attempt to standardize all K-12 curricula across the country. During a Maryland Department of Education meeting Robert Small stood up out of order to explain, although he did so in a poor manner, that the Common Core lowers the standards of education for children in the district. He said:
“You are not preparing them for Harvard.”
The video, taken of Small by another person at the meeting, shows him being arrested. Small got the chance to speak for a few minutes before being approached by a security guard. The police report alleges that Small attempted to push the guard away, although it does not appear to happen in the video.
Small was reportedly handcuffed and forced to sit on a curb for police. He has been charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, and disturbing a school operation. Since his release he stated:
“Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions. Why won’t they allow an open forum where there can be a debate? We are told to sit there and be lectured to about how great Common Core is.”
Criticism of the Common Core has risen sharply since the incident, with parents questioning the methods used to instruct students regarding standardized testing.
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