How much control over your child's education do you have?
That was one of the main concerns at Saturday's Common Core Conference, aimed at explaining the negatives of Common Core. The conference took place at the Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City and consisted of a series of presentations.
The Common Core State Standards are a set of educational standards that outline a single set of math and English language arts for all schools.
Forty–five states have adopted Common Core into their schools', South Dakota being one of them.
Tonchi Weaver, chair of the convention, says Common Core takes away a parent's right to choose education for their children, and that not all children learn the same.
Sandy Arseneault, a Common Core supporter, says there are some kinks but it's a good program. "What I really like about Common Core is, as a teacher, it really give me the freedom to really get in there and teach what needs to be taught," said Arseneault. "Standards are just standards, you know, a group of words that tell us what we should hold our students accountable for. How we teach it is up to me."
Elane Simons, mother of four, is worried. "I think that it is going to take away the basics of our math and literature, how people write. You know, having a good literary description of things, they're taking that away from our children," said Simons.
The Common Core standards are for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.