Still, many are skeptical of the Common Core standards and say they bear similarities to the national testing and "one-size-fits-all" education seen in No Child Left Behind.
Duke Pesta, an English professor at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, said at the South Carolina rally that the Common Core standards are "No Child Left Behind on steroids."
Ethan Young, a high school senior in Tennessee, spoke at a Knox County school board meeting Nov. 6 with similar sentiments. In a YouTube recording of Young's speech, which has since gathered nearly 1.3 million views, the student claims the standards display a "mistrust of teachers" and said "standards-based education is ruining the way we teach and learn," as they miss the mark when it comes to measuring student achievements in things like creativity and inquisitiveness.
"The product is a 'rigorous preparation' for career and college, yet many educators agree that rigorous is a buzz word," Young said. "These standards aren't rigorous, just different, designed for an industrial model of school."
Daniella Koontz, a photographer in Florida, also says she kept her children out of school on Monday in part because she believes the standards inhibit children's creativity.
"At the moment, my children are at the top of their classes and I'm not afraid of them failing any tests that the government wants to put in front of them," Koontz said in an email to U.S. News. "My problem is that these tests are all that the teachers can see, and our children's educations are becoming statistics and scores and numbers. My children are not a number. They are not a test score. They are NOT a statistic."
Koontz says that although there is a need for a stricter curriculum and higher standards for older students in high school, the standards don't make sense for younger children, who still learn at different speeds and in different manners.
"America needs inventive minds, free thinkers, and people not afraid to push the envelope and ask, 'why' or 'how far' or 'what if?'" Koontz says. "When imagination is taken away, we are one step closer to being human robots that can only operate when given directions."
In South Carolina, several educators and politicians are scheduled to speak in opposition to the standards, including a teacher from Georgia who says she left her job because of Common Core, and state Sen. Lee Bright, who is sponsoring a bill to outlaw Common Core in South Carolina.
However, other sponsors of the bill, including state Sen. Larry Grooms and state Rep. Eric Bedingfield, have said they disapprove of Monday's protest, according to South Carolina newspaper The State.
"I'm not one that would urge a parent to keep your child out of school," Grooms said. "Whether we move forward or do not move forward with Common Core, that should be debated."
Corrected on : Updated 11/18/13: This article has been updated to reflect comments from individuals involved in the protest.