|Updated: 11/05/2013 5:49 pm
||Published: 11/05/2013 1:13 pm
Emily Anderson is no stranger to academic rigor. She's a ninth-grade student in Owasso, who is leading a student group fighting the implementation of Common Core standards.
Anderson was enrolled in the TACK program, for gifted students, through elementary and middle school. She's currently taking Pre-AP classes.
"I know I'm not stupid. I'm not dumb. I just know that whatever is going on isn't working with the way that I learn," said Anderson.
Although the state is not fully implementing Common Core standards until next year, Anderson says she's already seeing evidence of them in her classrooms.
FOX23 found "Aligned to State Common Core Standards" written across the front of textbooks. She says teachers are already trying to prepare.
"Just yesterday we were learning a new concept with triangles, and she said, 'We're not going to go really deep into it, because it's difficult for most kids to understand, but I feel bad for the kids next year who are going to have to deal with it," Anderson said.
Anderson may only be in ninth grade, but she has identified a potential flaw in the way Common Core standards are being handled. She thinks it's something that perhaps lawmakers did not consider. She says a better way to roll out the new standards would be to implement them with a kindergarten class, as opposed to changing the standards for students who are 3/4 of the way through their academic careers, when the stakes are higher.
"If they're going to change the way a kid learns, I feel they need to change it from the beginning and not try to teach an old dog new tricks," Anderson said.
She went on to say, "There could be a straight 'A' student, that Common Core makes them have their first 'B' during their senior year, right before they go off to college."
Last week Anderson created the Facebook group "Owasso Students AGAINST Common Core." In less than one week, 55 members have joined.
Anderson said she plans to be at the Owasso Gathering on Main Thursday night, sharing information about Common Core standards, and trying to get others to join the fight against the new standards.