Thursday, August 22, 2013

What is Common Core and what can I do about it?



Do you have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or plan to have children in the future? Knowing what Common Core is should be on your list!

Have you never heard of Common Core? Have you heard bits and pieces about Common Core that only served to confuse you? The 5 video playlist below explains Common Core in a very concise manner and I would encourage you to take the time to watch.

This video series addresses:


1. Origins of Common Core
2. Testing Mandates
3. Education without Representation
4. Sub-Standard Standards
5. Intrusive Data-Tracking


Think that homeschooling shields you from Common Core?  

According to an article on hslda.org, "The CCSS specifically do not apply to private or homeschools, unless they receive government dollars (online charter school programs have no such protection). However, HSLDA has serious concerns with the rush to adopt the CCSS. HSLDA has fought national education standards for the past two decades. Why? National standards lead to national curriculum and national tests, and subsequent pressure on homeschool students to be taught from the same curricula.
The College Board—the entity that created the PSAT and SAT—has already indicated that its signature college entrance exam will be aligned with the CCSS. And many homeschoolers worry that colleges and universities may look askance at homeschool graduates who apply for admission if their highschool transcripts are not aligned with the CCSS.
HSLDA believes that a one-size-fits-all approach to education crowds out other educational options, including the freedom of parents to choose homeschools and private schools. A common curriculum and tests based off common standards could be very harmful to homeschoolers if their college of choice refuses to accept a student’s high school transcript if it is not based on the CCSS. Homeschoolers could also have trouble on the SAT if the test is fundamentally altered to reflect only one specific curriculum. And our greatest worry is that if the CCSS is fully adopted by all states, policy makers down the road will attempt to change state legislation to require all students—including homeschool and private school students—to be taught and tested according to the CCSS."



Want to know how to band together with people in your state to fight the implementation of Common Core?  Check out Stop Common Core's website here.

Thinking about the homeschool option or know someone who is?  I would highly recommend this book, When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul Jr.  Makes a great gift also!  The book is thin but deep.  It gets right to the heart of the matter... What does the Bible say about education?

Want to "test drive" the Ron Paul Curriculum?  TODAY ONLY you can sign up for 4 months access for only $25 through this link.  Tomorrow Sept 2, the link will be dead.

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