Foes of Common Core standards speak out

By By Kara Carrier / American Press

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


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.”