Please watch this video called Building the Machine.
Please read these FAQs on Common Core.
The Pioneer Institute also has good videos and analysis.
Now, there are a lot of parents that agree that Common Core is not good for our kids, but they choose to remain deluded, thinking it doesn't affect them. Really folks?
Do you use textbooks when you teach your children? Oh, all of the major textbook publishers have rushed to jump on the latest educational reform bandwagon. Take a look:
- Pearson (which includes Prentice Hall) loves Common Core
- Scholastic loves Common Core
- McGraw-Hill loves Common Core
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt loves Common Core
- Wiley loves Common Core
- K12 loves Common Core
Oh, you only buy homeschooling books? Well, do you use Singapore Math? How about Saxon? Those have been joyfully rewritten to adopt Common Core Standards.
You really have to do your homework. BJU states that they do not agree with Common Core, yet they administer the Iowa Test that has been rewritten to align with Common Core.
Yes, most of the standard achievement tests have been rewritten to align with Common Core: PSAT, SAT, ACT, GED, etc. The one I know of that has not been rewritten yet is the Stanford 10 Achievement Test.
Who can you trust? Well, I sat down at my computer and started sending emails to the publishers whose books I use. I found we needed to drop K12 and Singapore. The ones that we can continue to use are:
- Memoria Press
- A Beka
- Critical Thinking Company
- Ron Paul Curriculum
- Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom
- Teaching Textbooks
"Our products are based on a nationwide average and therefore do not adhere to any one particular standard. We are a homeschool curriculum company. As such, we do not attempt to sync our products with any school standards. We consider several factors in our scope and sequence decisions. First, we want to ensure that upon completion of the TT series students will be ready for the ACT and SAT exams. Second, we want to ensure that upon completion of the series students will be well prepared to do college level work in math and science. Third, our decisions about which topics to include in individual courses are based on student developmental factors. In other words, we cover a topic when we feel the students are best able to learn the material.
Although we don't seek to sync with standards, the TT series taken as a whole does in fact cover all the major topics listed in both state and Common Core Standards, though we likely will not match up perfectly on a year-by-year basis. We use traditional methods of presenting concepts and have no intention of changing those to CCS methodologies at any point. "
Want to avoid Common Core? Using used textbooks is not only frugal but helps you avoid dumbing down your kids. Find used books online, such as at Amazon, or at local book sales, such as the one put on by Homeschooling in Kitsap in early June. Make sure they were written before 2011 to be perfectly safe. We will be using The Phonics Road and The Latin Road which were published before CCSS. But, I highly doubt Mrs. Beers will be rewriting her curriculum to align with Common Core. I have the first two volumes for sale on Amazon if you are interested: Volume 1 and Volume 2.
Update, 5/18/14: Volume 1 of The Phonics Road has been sold.