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Saturday May 23rd, 2015 8:00AM

Common Core meeting in Gainesville Monday

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Concerned Women of America will host a meeting in Gainesville Monday dealing with Common Core Standards.

It will be held at 6:45 at the Gainesville Civic Center.

The Lanier Tea Party Patriots is helping spread the word about the meeting, which is open to the public, and is specifically asking teachers, members of the Hall County Board of Education, and the local state legislative delegation to attend.

State Sen. William Ligon has authored a bill that calls for withdrawing Georgia from Common Core.

DEFINITION OF COMMON CORE STANDARDS

Common Core Standards are academic benchmarks that outline the skills a student should have at each level.

For instance, third-graders should know how to find the perimeter of a figure. A fifth-grader should be able to compare and contrast two characters from a story.

The standards were created by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to improve academic achievement and increase accountability. President Barack Obama and his administration embraced them.

That led critics, including Republican members of Congress, to call the standards a national curriculum, or "Obamacore." The standards are not a curriculum, supporters say, despite the opponents' claims. They point out that each state, school or even teacher can determine how to help students reach those standards.

At the core of the standards is a reduced emphasis on memorization. Students now have to connect the dots and apply critical thinking. It's what experts call higher-order thinking. Teachers say it's preparing students for life after high school.

That has made classrooms much more of a hands-on proposition. (Click on the second link below to read more about this part of the story.)

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order in May implementing restrictions on the set of standards adopted by Georgia. (Click on third link below.)


(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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