Educators said Monday that one of the biggest problems with the Common Core curriculum is that they have done a poor job of educating the public.
State School Superintendent John Barge told a town hall-style meeting in Macon that the curriculum, built by states for use by 45 states, is largely similar to what Georgia had before.
Barge said the biggest problem is miseducation about the standards, which many people falsely believe is a federal takeover of education.
The standards reflect for the most part what Georgia was already doing, Barge said during the meeting at Macons Central High School auditorium.
Other discussions of the Common Core curriculum -- which involves math and English, but not the touchiest subject of social studies -- have gotten backlash from protesters who sometimes are affiliated with the tea party. The meeting Monday had no outbursts.
The meeting was attended by most of the Bibb County school board and two members of Macon City Council. The rest of the audience, about 30 people, sat quietly, and submitted written questions.
Bibb County interim School Superintendent Steve Smith said perhaps 60 percent to 80 percent of people dont even know what Common Core is.
Its only been controversial, to the greatest extent, within the last six months. We fought this battle, if you want to call this a battle, in the classroom, and weve won, he said.
Georgia began implementing the Common Core curriculum last year. The state remains a participant in the curriculum itself, but is among several that have backed out of a testing procedure.
Barge and Smith both said the schools are doing too much testing.
The town hall meeting was organized by state Reps. Nikki Randall and James Beverly, with aid from the Democratic Party of Georgia and MPact. Beverly said he hopes to organize another town hall meeting in October to discuss the Affordable Care Act, which also in known as Obamacare.
Barge told reporters he didnt understand the fuss over the Common Core.
Quite frankly, I really dont see what the debate is about. ... The folks who are opposed to it, I challenge them, look at the standards, read them, and find one standard that is not important for our children to know, he said.
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