Fighting Against the Common Core

COLUMBIA (WACH) - A passionate group gathered on the State House steps Wednesday to cry out against the Common Core.

They are throwing their weight behind Senate Bill 300, which would repeal the Common Core altogether.

Senator Lee Bright is one of the sponsors of the Bill.

He says even those who are responsible for bringing the Common Core to South Carolina are just crossing their fingers that things work out.

"It's just a system that was not well thought out. Even the folks that have pushed it have admitted that they hope that things go well. It's that top-down approach that doesn't work in anything." says Senator Bright, a Repulican from Spartanburg.

And it wasn't just senators out there opposing the Common Core, but former educators as well.

Former educators like Johnelle Raines, who actuallly taught first grade for 29 years.

"I consider myself an expert on six and seven year olds and they're asking these young children to do things that are totally inappropriate. They're not cognitavely ready to think abstractly. They're concrete thinkers." Raines states.

A lesson she learned firsthand from her teaching experience and from a little boy who was never even in her classroom.

"My own grandson would say 'I don't understand this. I don't like it. I don't understand. Why do they want me to think like that? Three plus two is five. Why do I have to draw all these circles and show them?' You know, that kind of thing." says Raines.

And she passionately denies the claim that the new educational standards do not limit a teacher's creativity in their own classroom.

"When you look at the standards themselves, the standards themselves limit what you can do. When it tells you you've got to teach abstract math, and you know in your heart of hearts that this is wrong for children to frustrate them, but you have to teach it that way, how is that giving you any creativity?" Raines says.

Creativity people like Raines say they are fighting to give back to educators across the state.

Senate Bill 300 was first introduced in the Senate back in January of last year.

It is currently residing in the Senate Committee on Education.