Lawmakers, Residents Feel Common Core Standards Hurt Education

Local lawmakers and concerned parents tell WITN that the new standards being used in our public schools need to be changed.

North Carolina adopted the Common Core state standards in June 2010, but many disagree with its methods and results for students.

The Common Core is a series of grade-by-grade educational standards, with tests added in for certain age groups.

At a town hall meeting at Beaufort Community College Monday, Representative Michael Speciale went as far as to acknowledge that the standards have put our state's education system in "damage control."

Speciale says, "My goal as far as I'm concerned, based on everything I've learned about it, is to stop it."

According to the John Locke Foundation, the Common Core standards were written by several people involved with organizations based in Washington, D.C.

Larry Herwig has grandchildren in elementary school and feels the standards are dumbing down students.

Herwig says, "Education should be left up to the parents, how they want it, and local schools. Not state and federal run."

45 states have adopted these standards, which focus on math, language arts and english. Speciale says many of those are already looking for a way out.

Speciale says, "Arizona, a couple others, Florida, have taken away the name Common Core. They don't even want to be associated with it. They're calling it something else while they try to manipulate it to make it work, or until they get the opportunity to pull out of it altogether."

North Carolina lawmakers may be looking to follow suit.

"We're losing a generation of kids while we play with this thing," says Speciale. "It's going to effect them when they try to go to college. We need to make a decision, and we need to make it quick."