Teachers, parents and students hold signs in protest of the Common Core standards Monday afternoon on the steps of the Lake Charles Civic Center. The event drew more than 60 attendees. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:48 AM
A group of Southwest Louisiana educators, parents and students gathered at the Lake Charles Civic Center Monday to peacefully protest the Common Core State Standards.
The event, coordinated by Terry Holden of the Louisiana Association of Educators, drew more than 60 protesters from Calcasieu, Beauregard, Cameron and Lafayette parishes.
Holden said the group’s purpose was to prove to the public and lawmakers that there are a number of teachers in this area who don’t agree with the CCSS. “We have principals all over this area that just keep parroting the line that Common Core is wanted and desired by everyone,” Holden said. “That is just not true.”
According to Holden, most of the protesters wore red shirts to signify a cause for education. One parent’s shirt read: “Those who can, teach. Those who can’t, pass laws about teaching.”
Many also held posters and banners. One child held a sign that read: “I’m not a guinea pig.” A teacher’s sign read: “Common Core is better? Show your results.”
Marla Baldwin, a Calcasieu Parish teacher and parent of two school-age children, said she is frustrated because there are so many issues with the CCSS and teachers are being told to just “stay the course.”
“I compare it to the Titanic,” Baldwin said. “The builders claimed it was an unsinkable ship, and we all know what happened to it. Common Core has not been researched, tested or proven. Our children are the guinea pigs. It’s not right.”
Baldwin said she and many other parents and teachers feel like the public is being mislead to believe that most teachers are supportive of Common Core. “We want to dispel that,” she said. “There’s a whole lot of us who are not on board, and we are not going to keep quiet.”
Holden said even though the bill submitted by Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Moss Bluff, to eliminate the CCSS failed in the current legislative session, the group will still stay vocal and continue to speak out.
“We are optimistic that a change can still be made,” he said. “We are doing the best we can to be the loyal opposition. This is America, and people have always been able to voice their opposition. In the past few years, less and less of the opinion of the people is heard and respected. We have got to get the attention of some people who can do some good for us.”
Posted By: against common core!!! On: 4/29/2014
Title: confused parent
How does my student go from making honor roll to making Cs and Ds?!?!?!?!
Posted By: concerned parent On: 4/29/2014
Title: Good Job
Help your children with some homework; the methods they are using are unrealistic. A simple two or three step math problems turns in to a 10 step problem which takes much longer to solve. If the parents are having a hard time understanding these methods how are we going to assist in educating our children. Cut the nonsense and return to common sense.