The Fight Over the Common Core: National Don’t Send Your Child to School Day

November 18, 2013  |  

Most of us can agree the education system needs to be changed. What we can’t agree on is how to do it. That’s why thousands of parents have are supporting National Don’t Send Your Child to School Day today–to protest their schools’ use of the Common Core curriculum. Designed to make sure children everywhere are performing at the same levels, the Common Core has gotten a lot of criticism from parents who say the curriculum and its emphasis on testing is wrong.

“My daughter does get anxiety as far as the testing goes, and it comes out in the evaluations when the teachers speak to me,” one mom told New York’s News10NBC. The program’s opponents also say the testing doesn’t leave room for development differences but educators explain the curriculum absolutely attends to special needs children.

Kids definitely learn differently and one size fits all education may not be the answer. But it’s kind of silly to give your kids a free vacation day because you don’t like the fact that they have to take a test. Having kids stay home just ensures they’re not learning anything, more so than having them go to school and do their best to wrestle with something that’s not easy for them. Maybe the Common Core needs to changed but this protest probably won’t accomplish what the parents involved are hoping it will.

Did you keep your kid home from school today? For more information about the Common Core, read our parents’ guide.

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