The new common core standards in the classroom are causing a stir among some parents and teachers. The changes have more of a focus on preparing students for careers and colleges.
Just last week, an Ellicott City parent was arrested for disrupting a public meeting; he spoke out against the new standards. The charges have since been dropped.
But he's not the only parent questioning the changes.
"This is more than red flags, this is a major problem," says Abby Beytin, President of Baltimore County's Teacher Association.
Beytin says teachers just the new curriculums last week, and they're working long hours to piece together the changes.
"They put all these things in place without enough resources to really handle them," Beyton says. "And so teachers are reeling from those changes and all that's being asked of them."
In a letter written to the State Department of Education, Beytin says her teachers continue to struggle.
"They're really upset. They're concerned about the kids. They're concerned about what they're doing and how they're doing it," she says.
But Director of Curriculum, Judy Jenkins, says the common core standards aren't that much different.
"There are lots of things that are the same, but certainly there is an emphasis on critical thinking, and I think our students need that," Jenkins says.
Jenkins says the standards create consistent goals for all students, focus deeper on core concepts, and prepares students for 21st century learning.
"I think with anything that's new, there's a concern that everything they know is going away, and that's not true," says Jenkins.
She says the methods teachers use doesn't have to change, instead just the complexity of the material.
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