Airing on our Radio Wednesday June 5th
Do Homeschool Curriculums have anything to worry about with common core?
What is it?
Common Core is the educational curriculum being forced upon the states by the Obama Administration. It will be implemented in the 46 states that have adopted it by the end of the year. Common core eliminates control over k-12 curriculum in math and English by implementing a one size fits all top down system in which homeschoolers and private schools must also comply. The objectives are universal in nature. However, along with universal objectives come problems since human learning varies greatly. According to a study done by “The American Principles Project,” they have found that although Common Core describes itself as “internationally benchmarked,” “robust,” “aligned with college and work expectations,” “rigorous,” and “evidence-based, ” none of this is true. Proponents state Common Core is not a federal mandate and use words like “State-led” and “Voluntary.”They say that the federal Government was not involved in its implementation and that it is not a national curriculum. However, according to Diane Ravitch, former assistant U.S. secretary of education under Clinton and Bush senior, this is not true. She writes in The Washington Post, “They were developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation. There was minimal public engagement in the development of the Common Core. Their creation was neither grassroots nor did it emanate from the states.” Instead, Common Core is being driven by policymakers in D.C.
She also states, “Common Core is set up in such a way that it can hardly be called voluntary. The Obama administration’s grant program offers “Race to the Top” federal educational grants – which come from stimulus funds – to states if their school systems adopt preferred Obama policies like Common Core. States that adopt Common Core receive higher “scoring” from the Obama administration in their grant applications. As a result of this coercion, only Nebraska, Alaska, Texas, Virginia and Minnesota have not adopted Common Core. Minnesota adopted the language arts standards but kept its own math standards.”
She goes on to further say , “There is no evidence that the curriculum works, and it will destroy innovation amongst the states. Ravitch writes, “We are a nation of guinea pigs, almost all trying an unknown new program at the same time…Would the Federal Drug Administration approve the use of a drug with no trials, no concern for possible harm or unintended consequences?” Jane Robbins, a senior fellow for the American Principles Project, writes, “Common Core has never been piloted. How can anyone say it is good for kids when it’s not in place anywhere?” In fact, the results are coming in and they are the opposite. A principal in the Midwest told Ravitch that “his school piloted the Common Core assessments and the failure rate rocketed upwards, especially among the students with the highest needs.” Diane Ravitch
Stephanie Bell, a member of the Alabama State Board of Education, has been outspoken against the standards. According to her, the promoters want all children to be on the same page which fails to account for individuality.
According to the Project, the curriculum replaces the classics with government propaganda and de-emphasizes the study of classic literature in favor of reading so-called ‘informational texts,’ such as government documents, court opinions, and technical manuals.” Over half the reading materials in grades 6-12 are to consist of informational texts rather than classical literature. Historical texts like the Gettysburg Address are to be presented to students without context or explanation. The project points out several other inadequacies from funding to math achievement scores. To note: common core amasses large amounts of personal information about students. Takes jobs away from the testing companies. Six States have dropped out.
The impact on homeschool curricula
Here are some issues to consider, if this is mandated in the public school, then those curriculum makers are going to put it in their curriculum. Their public curriculum is going to be re-aligned with the requirements. these same currciculum sellers also sell to homeschoolers since a parent has the right to choose the curriculum. Therefor a homeschooler may unknowingly become indoctrinated with another type of education. Parents of homeschoolers must be educated about this. It is not the actual language in the core curriculum so as ow to apply them . All of the currculum makers recognize the need to change their curriculum so as to come i line with the new scope and sequence developed by the common core standards. This works well for a factory school system-not a homeschool.
As a homeschooling mom, know your curriculum and your child. Take the time to learn scope and sequence. Do not be afraid to start your child later in the curriculum if need be. Some of the top homeschool curriculums are Abeka, Bob Jnes University, Alpha Omega, and a few others. Is Common Core a direct threat to homeschoolers at this point? The answer is no. Can it be in the future? Yes. As homeschoolers, we have the freedom of teaching what and how we want to teach our children.
For an in depth analysis of curriculum and this subject matter, listen live tuesday nite at 9pm with Dr. Joe Armenio, President of Society of Statemen and former professor of Oratory at American.” Click here http://www.blogtalkradio.com/youth-for-independence/2013/05/29/is-jesus-a-communist-or-socialist
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