While Louisiana Lawmakers Debate Common Core, Some Parents Turn to Homeschooling

Christian Meyers’ classroom is his family’s kitchen table. His mother Beth withdrew Christian from the nearby public school in Denham Springs, Louisiana, and began homeschooling him because of objections to the Common Core State Standards. Photo by Mike Fritz/PBS NewsHour.
Christian Meyers’ classroom is his family’s kitchen table. His mother Beth withdrew Christian from the nearby public school in Denham Springs, Louisiana, and began homeschooling him because of objections to the Common Core State Standards. Photo by Mike Fritz/PBS NewsHour.

Generations of Christian Meyers’ family have graduated from Denham Springs High School, which sits across the street from his home about a dozen miles east of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.For years Meyers, 17, thought he would get his diploma from that high school, too.

But after the state decided to adopt the Common Core State Standards in 2010, and began using the curriculum to support it in the public schools, Meyers’ mother withdrew him in favor of homeschooling.

“He was not getting what he would need to be college ready, or at least in my eyes college ready,” Beth Meyers said.

A former high school English teacher, Beth Meyers first became concerned about the standards after looking at her son’s English Language Arts textbook when he started studying the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“I noticed that the whole first unit there was no historical background,” she said. “It didn’t follow a historical timeline which is somet                                                                                                                                                       hing I think American literature should do.”

Ever since she pulled her son out of school, Beth Meyers has since joined other parents opposed to the standards to lobby Louisiana lawmakers to get rid of them.

The Common Core State Standards, adopted by most U.S. states over the past five years, were touted as rigorous learning goals and a way to ensure students in participating states were learning the same things at the same grade.

Implementation has been bumpy and voices against the Common Core have grown so loud that a number of states have been considering repealing the standards.

In March, Indiana became the first state to withdraw from Common Core and governors in Oklahoma and South Carolina have since signed bills to do the same. Missouri lawmakers are leaning in that direction as well, having passed a bill requiring the development of new state standards within the next two years.

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Source: PBS

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