Tampa, FL - This school year started with some big changes for how teachers teach and how students learn.
Common Core State Standards begin this school year as a set of national standards voluntarily accepted by 46 states.
Common Core State Standards are described as a set of clear and consistent standards developed by educators. All students, even kindergartners, are now held and tested to a higher national standard more in line with students around the world.
"The expectations are much higher and the work load on students even more rigorous," says Heidi Smith, a teacher at McDonald Elementary.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Badass Teachers Association is pushing back against the national standards with Twitter strikes, town hall meetings and snarky Internet memes.
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