Caddo's 2014 Teacher of the Year speaks out at anti-Common Core meeting
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Parents, teachers and students met Tuesday at the "We the People" political meeting to speak out against Common Core and PARCC testing.
Third grade teacher and 2014 Caddo Parish Teacher of the Year Glynis Johnston was the main speaker at the event, hosted by the local TEA party group that describes itself as "focused on educating, and mobilizing citizens on Constitutional Principles."
Her presentation, titled "Rotten to the core," asserts that the new Common Core standards are taking the joy out of the classroom.
The issue even motivated her to run for a seat on the BESE board. "I'm protecting children and educating the public on what is going on," said Johnston.
Parkway high school students John Murphy and Miranda Mahmud listened to Johnston's anti-common core presentation and say they support her stance.
"They treat it as if all students are the same, we learn all the same. Everyone's different. Everyone learns differently," said Mahmud.
"I've done my research and there's no valid information that can be achieved by it, because the results don't even come back until the Fall," said Elizabeth Gibson, who opted her son out of the PARCC test. "We should be able to speak out and speak out for the children."
The Department of Education says on their website they adopted the Common Core standards to level the playing field for Louisiana students.
They say the standards hold students across the country to the same high bar.
BESE members are expected to talk about whether Common Core is the right thing for students at their next meeting in April.
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