Common Core Standards are here to stay whether we like it or not says Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and school administrators.
Some common core concerns are that many outstanding teachers and administrators will pursue other career options or retire rather than try to transition into the Common Core standards. The stress of getting their students to perform will likely cause more teacher and administrator burnout.
There are concerns that the Common Core Standards require younger students to learn more at a quicker pace than they ever have before. With the increased rigor and higher level thinking skills, early childhood programs will become more rigid. Pre-Kindergarten will be more important, and skills students used to learn in second grade will need to be taught in Kindergarten. All this equates to more stress for our children.
Another concern is that the Common Core Standards assessment will not have equivalency test for students with special needs. Many states provide students with special needs a modified version of the test. There will be no modified test for the Common Core Standards, meaning that 100% of a school’s population will have their results reported for accountability purposes.
The Common Core Standards will exclude many current textbooks to be obsolete causing a pricy fix as schools have to adopt new materials that are effectively Common Core ready. The Common Core Standards will also cost schools money to update their technology needed for the Common Core Standards Assessments. Most of the assessments will be online which will create many districts issues in that they will not have enough computers for all students to be assessed in a timely manner.
HOMESCHOOL… Public school seems to be aimed towards the indoctrination of our children into a One World Order mindset. Education is often used to engineer social, economic, and political perspectives. When children pass through the public education system they are stripped of their individualism: they are shaped into obedient workers who are readily submissive to authority figures, and who are proficient in regurgitating information in an effort to pass their standardized tests.
Most of the time children in school focus on memorizing facts, and not enough on writing, reading, critical thinking, and forming their own ideas and developing hands-on experience. School should not be processing children like a factory, hindering the learning process with various bureaucratic regulations and actions.
The benefits of Homeschooling are vast and can be the best option because it can adhere to the child’s individual needs and interests, instead of operating with some narrow perspective and manipulating and forming the personality of the student, pressuring them to conform to the ideas and standards of others.
Homeschooling is a lifestyle, and a way to raise children with a strong moral foundation and values, no matter if they are secular or of faith. It’s a way to encourage our kids to explore their academic or creative passions – something that would be difficult with a rigorous school schedule. And, for those parents with children who do not fit in a box socially or academically, it allows them to tailor the curriculum and experiences to fit their individual children.
According to the Academic Statistics on Homeschooling, many studies have found out that homeschooled students on average outperform their peers on standardized tests. Another study from the National Home Education Research in 2003 also found that homeschooled graduates are active and involved in their communities, are more involved in civic affairs, and more are “very happy” with life, compared to the general US population.
An article in the Journal of College Admission notes that homeschoolers’ ACT and SAT scores are higher than those of public school students, and home-educated college students perform as well as or better than traditionally educated students.
In closing, if you have the ability and wherewithal to homeschool your children, DO SO! I started my 15 year old daughter this year and she is flourishing and has never been happier!
By: Rebel Rebellion III%