A single mother in Louisiana gave me permission to share the video below of her child expressing frustration over her new Common Core-aligned homework. She told me, “I hate sharing the video of my baby crying, but we’ve got to get this out of our schools.” She has four children and they all are having similar struggles.
Have kids expressed frustration over homework in the past? Sure. This second grader is symbolic of what Common Core is doing to kids who had a love for school go sour this school year.
Everyone from this mother, to Gov. Bobby Jindal telling me he and his kids experience frustration over the math being sent home. I’m this scene is repeated in thousand of homes and kitchen tables across the country.
This mother has to deal with the anxiety this child feels about going to school every evening, and again, this child, last year, loved school. What are we doing to our kids?
This is a great example of why child psychologists, child development experts and social workers have shown concern about the developmental appropriateness of the standards.