HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A group of educators spoke out against new common core standards at a public forum Saturday night. Over 500 people came out to hear what they had to say.
Of the number of concerns raised over the new standardized curriculum, the biggest concern is that the common core is not what it was supposed to be, and they say that the State Board of Education is not giving parents all of the facts.
The group known as Alabamians United for Excellence in Education is traveling throughout the state, holding similar forums so they can get what they call the "real story" out there. The group believes the common core's "one-size-fits-all" approach to education is sure to leave some students behind, and leave others feeling unchallenged.
They also said there are factual errors in textbooks selected for the curriculum, and that the costs associated with implementing the program are astronomical.
Another issue the group feels too risky is data collection. They fear that kids' tablets or computers could be hacked, or that their personal information may fall into the wrong hands. "The types of questions they ask on those tablets are very intrusive and actually give a picture of what the child is thinking," said Ann Eubank from AUEE. "Where are they going to put all of that and who is going to pay for that?"
The AUEE conducted its own research into the issues surrounding the common core curriculum.