Florida is one of 17 states where some parents are deciding to keep their children home from school today to protest Common Core standards -- a set of national standards that were developed to give all states common goals and benchmarks.
"November 18th is being touted as "DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL DAY," according to a web page promoting the "event."
Disparate groups hate the Common Core standards for various reasons -- tea party types see them as an intrusion of the federal government into local issues and a violation of privacy, while liberals and some teachers see them as imposing too much administration, disrespecting teachers' knowledge at the local or individual level and taking away their flexibility.
"As parents, we claim the privilege of directing our childrens' educations, free from SLDS (state longitudinal database tracking systems), free from Common Core-aligned testing, standards, or "model" curriculum; free from private trade group EIMAC/CCSSO data collection, free from federal micromanagement, free from federal "accountability"; free from the both student and teacher data mining and tracking that is offensive to individual liberty and to Constitutional, local control."More »