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South Carolina protestors oppose Common Core Curriculum

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Parents and kids are marching around Dept of Education in protest of common core curriculum. Parents and kids are marching around Dept of Education in protest of common core curriculum.
Opponents of common core hold a protest Monday morning at the State Department of Education headquarters in Columbia. Opponents of common core hold a protest Monday morning at the State Department of Education headquarters in Columbia.
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Over 100 people are protesting the core curriculum change in front of the State Department of Education headquarters in Columbia.

Many of the protesters are children, missing school in protest of the common core curriculum change in South Carolina.

It's a nationwide sweep in an effort to reflect knowledge and skills necessary for the real world but the change in curriculum, sometimes trickling to a change in scores, means many are outraged by the mandatory transition the state decided to enact.

It didn't take long for many of you on Facebook to state those emotions.

Shannon C Summer said, "It's just a more intensive version of teaching to the test, and even mandates exactly how teachers are to teach with absolutely no regard for the fact that not everyone learns in the same way... I am willing to bet it was designed by people with no experience in teaching or with children."

News 2 looked into that and found there were five K-12th grade classroom teachers and 21 college math professors developing the math standards. Yet those standards, some teachers say, leave the door wide open for erroneous thinking.

"Two plus two does not equal four any longer. If you can explain to how you think that got to six, that 2+2=6, good job. You get 100."

One local teacher disagrees with that and supports the curriculum because she said it's not all about memorization anymore.

"It's a paradigm shift because it's not these are the fact... it's more about the process," Camellia Harris said.

This school year is just one of two transition years before the common core curriculum is going to be implemented in schools but Monday is the day many opponents are vowing to keep kids home from school in protest.

"I think its a great idea. An amazing teachable moment to these children in standing up for what they believe in," Kasi Farr said.

"But If you decide to keep your children home Monday please don't ask them to get any info they may have missed from my children," Michael Willard replied.

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