Homeschooling In Reaction To Common Core Standards

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By: Kevin Clark
July 2, 2014 11pm

Tallahassee, FL - Meredith Mears remembers looking at her daughter's homework like it was in another language.

"She would get incredibly frustrated, there were a lot of tears," said Mears.

More frustrating than any math problem to Mears were the new standards brought on by the Common Core. The standards are set to be fully implemented at every grade level for the 2014-2015 schoolyear.

When the district wouldn't let her stressed out daughter opt out of the state's annual assessment, she had enough.

"That for me was the breaking point," she said. "That Friday was when I went in there and pulled her out."

Mears, a member of FLParentsRISE (Reclaiming Individual Children's Sovereign Education) says she'll now be homeschooling her two girls. Many parents around the country are doing the same in reaction to the common core. Mears says she has a homeschooling network of her own in Tallahassee.

"I'm going to reach out to my homeschooling community we have here," she said. "I've already been approached by many homeschooling parents that said if you need curriculum to look at, just come on over, we can guide you, because I know it can be really overwhelming."

The State Board of Education added cursive and calculus to the standards earlier this year, but kept the Common Core language.

Opponents like Mears say it might as well be the Common Core, thinly disguised.

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