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Rye Parents Concerned About Common Core Standards

Gloria Perez-Segnini said that the Common Core is too tough on both students and teachers.
Gloria Perez-Segnini said that the Common Core is too tough on both students and teachers. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

RYE, N.Y. -- Some Rye parents feel that the national Common Core standards are too tough on students.

The Common Core set of standards have been implemented in 45 states across the country, including New York. Earlier this week Indiana became the first to opt out of the Common Core when Gov. Mark Pence signed a law requiring the state to develop its own set of education standards. There is also a bill in the Oklahoma state senate that would abolish Common Core.

"I think it really needs to be reviewed. There's so much pressure on these teachers and the schools," said Gloria Perez-Segnini. She said it seems to be especially hard on the elementary school students and teachers, and is looking forward to when her son graduates fifth grade this year. "I think the exams are unrealistic to the children's abilities. Whoever designed the exams seems so disconnected from the children's capabilities."

"I feel bad for the teachers. The teachers we have here in Rye are so qualified, they're just wonderful. But they're not able to be creative and teach our kids in their own way with so much expectations on them."

Sue Huang said that her first grade children are new to the school system, but that she's heard a lot of complaints about the Common Core.

"I've been reading a lot of people are complaining about its implementations and requirements," she said. She compared the Common Core to systems like Obamacare, saying the execution of the standards has not been as successful as planned. "It seems like it's not fully ready to be implemented the way it was intended."

"It seems like the sort of thing that sounds better on paper than it turned out to be. It's a one-size-fits-all solution that is going to hurt a lot of kids," said Allyson Connelly. "I think it will ultimately be repealed, but I don't know what effect it will have on the kids before that."

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