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Parents raise many questions about Sioux Falls School District's 'Common Core' curriculum

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It was a packed house at the Sioux Falls Instructional Planning Center Tuesday night.

Several parents showed up for a public forum for parents to learn more about the state's 'Common Core' curriculum.

Many were not completely convinced.

The 'Common Core' is a curriculum that teaches students how to think critically.

The program changes how math and English will be taught in the classroom.

The focus switches from memorizing facts for a test and instead it focuses on applying what's learned in the classroom to solving real world problems.

Sioux Falls superintendent Pam homan started off by saying tonight would be about answering questions and not a debate but that's exactly what it turned into.

Parent Scott Stadheim said "I feel it's propaganda that has nothing to do with learning how to read and write and do arithmetic."

Parent Kevin Elsing said "these standards are put in place to attempt to get our kids at a level where they can compete globally. I run a technology company in town and I know that we need these higher standards for our children to compete in the world."

Parent Michelle Creviston said "the standards are K through 12th grade based, so the same standard that they're expected for a 12th grader to meet, they're expecting our kindergartners to meet.  There's a lot of abstract thinking. a kindergartner is not an abstract thinker."

South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp said "my purpose tonight was to be very clear and concise about what's been done about the process, the validity of the standards themselves, and so what I think is what's good about this is that people are asking questions about what their kids are learning and what they're expected to do."

The crowd was very vocal. There was support from parents on both sides but the opposition seemed to have the loudest voices.

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