Homeschoolers and Common Core

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Cincinnati.com had a great article called “Homeschoolers take on Common Core reforms.”

First they are concerned about the trickle down effect this may have in the future. (Full disclosure: my wife and I homeschool.)

Initially, Common Core will have little impact on home-schooled students.

But in a few years, when home-schooled teens walk side-by-side with public high school students into ACT and SAT college examination rooms, they may be at a distinct disadvantage for not having studied a Common Core curricula.

“Common Core standards drive curriculum, curriculum drives testing … Children will be taught to the test and it affects us home-schoolers because our children have to take those same college entrance exams as everybody else,” said (Lesley) Hodge as she joined thousands of area families at a recent home schooling convention in downtown Cincinnati.

“Everything will boil down to what (home-schoolers) provide on a test and then that will determine where they go to college and I believe that … (at) some point, some committee will say, ‘Well, your child shouldn’t have this career because your child is not qualified.’ “

But the following excerpt gets to the heart of the issue my mind – who knows what’s best for a child’s education?  Educrats or parents?

But Tom Steffen, a home schooling father of seven children in Springfield Township, said the premise of imposing Common Core – not its specifics – is what most raises the ire of many home-schoolers.

“For home-schoolers, one of our foundational issues for education is freedom. If we are free, what do we need government bureaucracies telling us what to teach?” said Steffen, who also attended the home-schooler convention.

“Even though (Common Core) may not initially impact us, it concedes ground to the principal (sic) that federal or state level bureaucrats know better than we as parents do. So we’re obviously not going to be friendly to that,” he said.

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6 thoughts on “Homeschoolers and Common Core

  1. Please! Read the common core standards before stressing out on whether students will be prepared for college exams. It isn’t the standard; it is the way students are to answer the test questions that should be of concern to parents. When free enterprise is given away to Bill Gates, his foundation by what ever name, will try to determine students’ scores. I write curriculum supplements for state standards and thus live in the wording of these standards. As long as home school students comprehend or learn as much as they can and progress as rapidly as their comprehension allows, they are ahead of main-stream public school attending students.

  2. We homeschool and I am not worried about my child’s performance on college entrance exams.

    1st of all, there are only a few types of degrees worthy of the investment of a college education. If my child decides it necessary to spend $100K to major in psychology, film studies, history, or anything else that so many colleges offer but have zero ROI, then our homeschooling failed and we have bigger problems. Besides, you could probably get a negative score on the college entrance exams and still get into those degree programs.

    2nd of all, the education system in America is undergoing massive changes, especially with online class delivery. Coupled with the unsustainability of student loan debt, by the time my child is ready for college the landscape will have changed so much more drastically compared to the content/intent of an entrance exam.

    3rdly – let’s assume my child decides to go to college and needs the best score on the SAT or ACT. What’s going to matter is the math score because the degrees with any ROI today rely on math. Common core math is designed to retard mathematics progress, not accelerate it like homeschooling. If our child cannot ace the math portion of the college entrance exam, we will have failed in our homeschooling.

    That’s my thinking. What am I missing?

    1. Dr. Coleman himself is the one making revisions or re-doing those SAT, ACT is that okay with you?….. Don’t you know that CCore is teaching secularism? at least this should concern you. Common Core is socialized education. Study the Bio of Dr. David Coleman and find out for yourself, he is not only a ‘progressive’ he is a marxists and his mother was too..and he has continue ‘her’ foot steps to socialized education. Okay? where you can not keep the fruit of your labor..after paying your taxes,,no you share most of it…unless you are ‘the ruling class’ like Mr. Duncan and Gates, etc they can find ways around it. Back to Common Core, it also teaches, yes secularism/better yet atheism and globalism – they are emphasizing the ‘irrelevance’ of patriotism, christianity, family institution, gender definition, marriage etc, etc, in its ‘essays’, essays meant to teach English/language right? well the text teaching/focusing on ‘something else’. A particular essay was published on line, the father sent it back to the teacher saying, “I will not allow my 8 grader to complete this assignment!! ” It was about a cheating husband and the pain caused to children by ‘parents’ another essays focus on how children can actually leave the parents and go leave with somebody else away from families and have a good life..they stress love on government. Everywhere that they can ‘brainwash’ our kids of ‘their agenda’ is in there -inconspicuously – to many. I am sorry to brake it out to you dear, but that is the truth…and I understand that reading slightly through the standards this stuff doesn’t just jump at you..it has been very well planned for many years.! Note: The questions that the chid needed to answer for the essay I mentioned focused flat out on the cheating issue, paraphrase: How did you feel when you read of the hair pin found by the mother when she saw it wasn’t hers while she touched the long strands of black hairs and tears flowing down the cheeks? ( something like that I don’t have that clip anymore ). Completely our of line and absurd. Dr. Coleman himself is the one making revisions or re-doing those SAT, ACT is that okay with you?

  3. Common Core should be mandatory for all children: it will give all children, not a few, the chance they need to thrive, and as Christians we must accept this thriving spark of light and love; nevertheless, pray for those misguided and lonely people who do not understand the bright power of our Heavenly Creator in that with Knowledge creates empowered youth to do more, instead of having these parents hold their children back.
    ~^*^~
    It really is appalling, that these parents actually want to keep their children from the top schools of the nation. What’s really important here, a higher chance for success or home~schooled children who can only get a job @ a drive~thru… they deserve more or you are hurting your children. And, as a woman, I hate for any child to be deprived of nurturing respect.

    Someone has to speak up for these children, not unlike being Pro~Life, either you are with us or against us. Or, is this just another Agenda that the LGBTQIA community is enforcing on us… Oh wait, at least their children have the ability to get into Harvard while ours stand around picking their noses and eating the boogers 😛

    W/ Light & Love,
    Please encourage a child today instead of holding them back

    1. I am a christian as well, common core has nothing to do with ’empowerment or rigor my dear, that is what they want you to think .. they got you..and by the way the Heavenly Creator is more concern about their knowledge in HIM, not on worldly matters..knowledge and trust in Him lead them/us doing the right things in our lives..including math. We are not holding our children back…we are freeing them to be all they can be and more..! Common Core enslave them. Don’t you know that CCore is teaching secularism? at least this should concern you. Common Core is socialized education. Study the Bio of Dr. David Coleman and find out for yourself, he is not only a ‘progressive’ he is a marxists and his mother was too..and he has continue ‘her’ foot steps to socialized education. Okay? where you can not keep the fruit of your labor..after paying your taxes,,no you share most of it…unless you are ‘the ruling class’ like Mr. Duncan and Gates, etc they can find ways around it. Back to Common Core, it also teaches, yes secularism/better yet atheism and globalism – they are emphasizing the ‘irrelevance’ of patriotism, christianity, family institution, gender definition, marriage etc, etc, in its ‘essays’, essays meant to teach English/language right? well the text teaching/focusing on ‘something else’. A particular essay was published on line, the father sent it back to the teacher saying, “I will not allow my 8 grader to complete this assignment!! ” It was about a cheating husband and the pain caused to children by ‘parents’ another essays focus on how children can actually leave the parents and go leave with somebody else away from families and have a good life..they stress love on government. Everywhere that they can ‘brainwash’ our kids of ‘their agenda’ is in there -inconspicuously – to many. I am sorry to brake it out to you dear, but that is the truth…and I understand that reading slightly through the standards this stuff doesn’t just jump at you..it has been very well planned for many years.! Be also prepared because the dollar is not going to be the Standard currency of the world ‘THEY’ ( same kind of people ) have decided that a global currency is better and ‘they’ are willing to sacrifice our economic system an sovereignty as well for an ‘utopia’ that is never gonna happen. The BRICS countries are way ahead on that and Switzerland just yesterday made some very compelling deals with China leaving the dollar out. Are you ready to pay $8.00 at least for gas? that is but ONE of the ripple effect, besides of course the fact that we won’t be able to PRINT more fake money..and keep on like nothing is happening.. There is a lot you need to catch up with my dear..better get busy…Have a good day and may God bless and shed light to your path.

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