SIOUX FALLS, SD -
A public forum on the Common Core standards was enough to pack the room at the Instructional Planning Center in Sioux Falls and the state's Secretary of Education laid her case for Common Core.
"When you really think about what you want that child to do once they walk in the door, is that you want them to be ready when they leave the K-12 system and it is our job not just to graduate them, but to make sure that they're ready for that next step," South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp said.
It did not take long for the audience to bring their own arguments to the table.
"I really can't find much I agree about with what you said tonight, unfortunately, and I really contest the question of whether these are rigorous standards proven by research and promote thinking skills," Steve Billion said.
"My son, who is afraid to do math a different way that he understands because it's different than what he's learning in the classroom. Tell me how that is rigorous? Have the kids make the choices for themselves, because he knows how to do it, and he's making the choice to do it how he knows how, and he's getting points taken off," parent Michelle said.
Just as the negative arguments mounted, Common Core supporters also spoke out.
"We can talk to other 5th grade teachers and we're all working on narrative writing in our classrooms and we could say what was working, what wasn't working," teacher and parent Stephanie said.
"I've found that all the information out there on Common Core is really good and I think you've explained it really well, and if people want the information that's out there, I appreciate that you guys are doing it," parent Kevin Elsing said.
Even though the Common Core standards are being fully implemented state-wide this year, questions about their effectiveness still remain.
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