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IDIOTS!

Filed at 6:00 am under by dcobranchi

Once again, we look like a bunch of mouth breathers. This time, it’s all about the Common Core:

Walker’s resolution is substantially similar to the resolution approved by an overwhelming majority in the House, but inserts a provision explicitly exempting home-schooled students.

“Parents who choose to educate their children at home … retain their independence and control over their children’s education and are not subject to Common Core State Standards or the Smarter Balanced Assessment,” the text of the resolution reads.

State school law already exempts students who are educated at home from complying with the department’s education standards and testing requirements, and the adoption of Common Core by the Michigan State Board of Education did not require religious schools or parents who home school to use the standards…

Several home-schooling groups, however, have spoken at legislative hearings on the standards over the summer, alleging that keeping the standards in place would effectively outlaw non-public education, as college admissions tests like the SAT and ACT will be based on Common Core.

Anyone want to guess how many initials those “home-schooling groups” have in their name?

As for the claim that the SAT and ACT will be based on the Common Core, boo fuckin’ hoo! If you choose to homeschool, you cannot expect the rest of the world to match their assessments to your personal curriculum. Having to do extra work for SAT prep is the price that you and your kids will have to pay if you choose not to teach (or they choose not to self-teach) the concepts on the Common Core. The math standards are, for the most part, “common” sense. The only thing that seems new to me is the Modeling section. You don’t want your kids to learn algebra, geometry, and statistics? Well, don’t count on that academic scholarship to MIT. And the English Common Core standards are all based around literacy. That is, reading comprehension. Breaking News: The SAT test currently includes major sections on “Passage Based Reading.” So, once again, if our kids are doing all right on the SAT now, chances are they’ll be fine when the Common Core is fully implemented.

Why do these home educators continually fall for the hype put out by certain “home-schooling groups” that the latest legislative initiative represents the end of homeschooling as we know it? Are they just too dumb to see that it’s all about the money (IAATM)? Tell those “home-schooling groups” to pound sand. Either teach your kids at least as much of the Common Core so that they can continue to do well on the SAT or quit whining!

7 Responses to “IDIOTS!”


Comment by
Jeanne Faulconer
November 16th, 2013
at 12:38 pm

Hmmm. My opposition to Common Core doesn’t have to do with my homeschooling or my prediction of how it could affect homeschooling. I just think it’s bad educational policy, and I get to have an opinion about it because it’s taxpayer supported and I pay taxes. It’s just another educational fad that will cost a lot and gloss over the fact that we ignore developmental realities of kids.

And actually, also, I do think if it became part of college admission, it would be bad for everyone, including homeschoolers. But not just homeschoolers.


Comment by
Anonymous
November 16th, 2013
at 7:52 pm

Hmmm too — I don’t think homeschooling has a thing to do with it except that conservative homeschool politics has seized on this the same way they did with “parent rights” when it was really about opposing the UN. IN this case the anti-Common Core front uses language that enlightened parents such as all of us use ourselves, thinking to suck us in and apparently doing a fine job of it.


Comment by
JJ Ross
November 16th, 2013
at 8:05 pm

Sorry Daryl, that was my comment. Always forget to sign in…


Comment by
Daryl Peter Cobranchi
November 17th, 2013
at 1:56 am

Jeanne,

I have no problem with folks who have looked at the program and concluded it’s a bad idea for rational reasons. That’s decidedly not the game the “homeschooling groups” are playing. For them, any proposal for anything, anywhere that isn’t from the far right fringe represents an existential threat to homeschooling.

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Comment by
JJ Ross
November 18th, 2013
at 12:28 pm

Saw a very illuminating interview this morning, for understanding what’s really driving Common Core opposition and what we inadvertently play into if/when we join in. It’s every circular tea party argument we know so well, from SC pol Lee Bright (running to unseat Lindsey Graham.) The segment video is up now, slugged “Playing Hooky.


Comment by
JJ Ross
November 18th, 2013
at 12:31 pm

Wrong link, sorry: “Playing Hooky”


Comment by
JJ Ross
November 19th, 2013
at 11:18 am

No distinction is made between policy and politics in this whole dysfunctional debate (like everything else these days.) In FL it’s all politics for the red side, fighting between the Tea Party (Rick Scott) and Jeb Bush over who will control the vast sums spent on public education. It’s mainly policy for the blue side, nothing to fight about in the understanding of and shared strong commitment to the goals and the real people of public education.

So it seems to me that where blues get in trouble is listening to reds pretend they are doing policy instead of politics, and responding to them as if they were blues.

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