South Dakota Parents Push Back Against Common Core Math

I read an interesting article in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader yesterday.  It was focused on how parents in the Sioux Falls, SD school district were fighting back against the Common Core Math Standards through pulling their kids out to homeschool.

That is probably the best thing that can be said about Common Core – it encourages homeschooling.  I’m biased since my wife and I homeschool though.

The first thing that jumped out at me in the article is how a dad with a math degree saw problems with his daughter.

Rick Nath was tired of the emotional turmoil math homework was causing his daughter.

She was struggling with a new approach to old subjects, and Nath found there were fewer things he understood and fewer ways for him to help. It was a difficult realization for the 44-year-old Sioux Falls resident, who has a degree in math from South Dakota State University.

“By the time she got to sixth grade, that’s when it really got bad,” Nath said. “In sixth grade, it was tears.”

Surely he’s misinformed right?  Doesn’t he understand these are more “rigorous” standards?

They then note the new trend with South Dakota parents.

In the four years since South Dakota schools began using Common Core, another movement has emerged: more parents are home-schooling. In Sioux Falls, the number of home-schooled students has more than doubled, and numbers statewide also are growing.

Parents choose home schooling to push their child academically, to teach beliefs not found in public schools or to avoid potentials for drug and alcohol abuse, according to the National Home Education Research Institute.

But some parents who have opted to leave public schools cite the new standards, which are benchmarks adopted by a consortium of states and embraced by the federal government: New homework, new lesson plans, new course material. And after piloting new state tests last spring, South Dakota will administer a finalized version later this year to thousands of students.

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Parents may not understand what Common Core is, but they have noticed how it is being interpreted in the classroom through the asinine math that kids are bringing home.  So they vote with their feet since the South Dakota continues to push these untested standards in the classroom.  The sad thing in all of this is with all of the stress that the state of South Dakota is inflicting on their students they still will not be able to produce kids prepared for STEM programs in college.