COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — A discussion over the controversial new curriculum, known as Common Core, got heated Monday night in Costa Mesa during a special meeting at the Orange County Board of Education.
Those on both sides of the initiative, which encompasses state standards, spoke out although no decision was reached during the meeting.
“Our job is to educate students. To look at both sides. And I think that that’s what Common Core wants you to do. Critical thinking,” said one attendee.
But even some teachers admit that no one really knows what Common Core is.
“I think it’s supposed to be standards that promote critical thinking in our students,” said the attendee. “If that’s what it is, then I fully support it and I would think everybody does.”
But Bridget Huso, a Huntington Beach parent, told KCAL9’s Stacey Butler that she blames Common Core for frustrating students and teachers alike.
“She would come home from school and say, ‘I’m stupid’ and ‘I don’t want to go to school,'” recalled Huso of her youngest daughter.
That’s when she made the decision to home-school her three youngest children.
“We need to stick with the basics. Why are we trying to re-create this new thing,” Huso said.
The next public hearing to discuss Common Core is scheduled for Nov. 17, Butler reported.