Common Core was funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the "standards" it imposes greatly accelerate the decline of academics that we have been witnessing in our country over the past forty years. Common Core seeks to replace English literature with non fiction works, seeks to shift all emphasis from classical education to social engineering and works to create a system of learning math in which the right answer does not matter as long as the student can explain to the teacher how he got the answer he did. Teachers are now "change agents" who are instructed to read the Gettysburg Address with no emotion and no context. This complete lack of standards for students also comes with its own language for parents--an Orwelian speak designed to prevent the parents from understanding anything that is being said.
Perhaps most disturbing are the tracking and data mining aspects of Common Core. Schools are creating systems that will allow them to track the preferences, poltical leanings and prejudices of the students and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation.
Parents still have alternatives, but they have to know that those alternatives exist and that they are worth the sacrifice that they involve. That is one reason we wanted to talk about the struggles our family faced during our own homeschooling journey. It is our hope that our family's experiences with homeschoolung will help other parents understand that they can take control of their children's educations and will inspire them to do so while they still can.
I am linking the video of our show here:
As background on Common Core, I am also reposting my post on this subject from last year: Rejecting Big Government and Common Core Standards in Favor of Parental Rights:
Last week Glenn Beck's pantomime of giving triage to a dying Lady Liberty while she lay bleeding and gasping on the floor of his studio went viral across the conservative internet. Beck finished his pantomime by admonishing parents to get their kids out of government schools because the schools are turning the kids against the parents.
"The DOE report exposes the big lie that Common Core is about raising academic standards by revealing its progressive designs to measure and track children’s “competencies” in “recognizing bias in sources,” “flexibility,” “cultural awareness and competence,” “appreciation for diversity,” “empathy,” “perspective taking, trust (and) service orientation.”