Some parents in Owasso against Common Core Standards


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 10/30/2013 12:33 am Published: 10/30/2013 12:31 am


A group of parents in Owasso say their school district is fine just the way it is.

FOX23 told you earlier this month about one mom's goal to stomp out the nationally mandated Common Core Standards.

They are set to be fully implemented in Oklahoma schools by next year.

Tuesday night, this mother had a meeting with other parents to inform them about the curriculum.

She told FOX23 whether they decide to be for or against Common Core is up to them.

Kristal Picolet's daughter is in second grade, but she was sent home with unacceptable homework.

"It asked her to use equations to represent word problems," Picolet said. "She has not even learned to add or subtract confidentially yet."

Picolet thinks Common Core Standards expect students to learn in a way they aren't physically or developmentally ready for.

That's why she and her husband started a movement in Owasso to stop the curriculum.

Tuesday they held a meeting for parents.

"We want to give them the information to utilize their own abilities to research what Common Core is, and if it's a decision they want to be made for their own children," Justin Picolet.

The nationally developed standards are state law.

Gov. Brad Henry sealed that deal in 2010.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education website says the standards will ensure current and relevant learning experiences.

However, Gina Clement says the standards don't take into account her daughter's learning disability, especially when it comes to standardized testing.

"Standardized that means everyone is the same, and they aren't going to take people who have special needs at all and help accommodate so they can do their best," she said.

Teacher Lora Greenwood doesn't want the national government telling her what to teach.

"I think those decisions should come from the state level," she said.

So that's what the movement is about, getting state legislators educated.

Some hope, they'll do something to put the new standards away for good.

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Mayor Maynot - 10/30/2013 11:42 AM
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To Sarah: doubt if they want to stomp it out. You might want to say stamp out.

Mayor Maynot - 10/30/2013 11:40 AM
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HOMESCHOOL.

USEagle - 10/30/2013 10:01 AM
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ALL parents should be against the non-teaching method!!!
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