Parents Leading Nationwide Common Core Protest on November 18

On November 18th, some parents across the country will be keeping their children home from school as part of National Keep Your Child Out of School Day, a nationwide protest of the Common Core education standards.

Central New York parents Danielle Karlik and Tim Karlik said they will not be sending their daughters Tatum, 15 and Abbey, 13, to school on November 18th in protest of the implementation of the common core set of educational standards. They plan to keep their teenage daughters home from the Jordan-Elbridge schools for protest of new standards, writes Charley Hannagan of Syracuse.

The Common Core is a set of national standards being implemented by nearly all states that set benchmarks for what students need to know to be prepared for college and careers in the 21st century.

American Education Week will be starting from November 18th, and on that day, the Karlik girls will stand with their mother in silent protest at the New York State Department of Education in Albany.

"I will use this as my way of teaching them we have freedom of assembly and freedom of speech and that's how they will get their education that day," Danielle Karlik said.

In New York, teacher and parent groups are increasingly standing in opposition to new Common Core Standards, and some have demanded State Education Commissioner John King Jr.'s resignation. Some parents have opted their children out of state testing in protest and others have begun to home school their children.

The Karliks took part in the protest outside Education Commissioner King's appearance November 7 at a question and answer session about the standards on WCNY. They object to the Common Core because of the "iron fisted" way it is being implemented, according to Danielle Karlik.

"It's the largest sweeping change to our nation's education system in history, and it has been snuck in relatively unnoticed and unopposed," said Tim Karlik. "It's on the scale of reform comparable to the affordable healthcare act and what I believe has even larger long- term implications in the shaping of the minds of our children."

On Facebook, Janet Wilson created National Keep Your Child Out of School Day event page almost two weeks ago. She is urging parents to keep their children out of school on November 18th to protest the implementation of the Common Core. As of November 10th, more than 3,600 people clicked on the page saying that they were going to take part in the protest.

Wilson also created the Say No to Common Core website. According to Wilson, she objects to the Common Core for five reasons: the high cost of implementing the standards; the poor quality of the standards; what she sees as the indoctrination aspect of the standards; the loss of local control; and the data mining associated with the standards.

11 14, 2013
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