Many homeschoolers across the country have pushed hard in opposition to the latest business/educational manipulations – Common Core State Standards. There is even a Facebook page invite for families Thinking of Homeschooling to Escape the Common Core. Currently in the news, some Michigan and New Hampshire parents are taking some active positions and watches on the latest federal move to centralize our children’s education.
Michigan’s state senator Howard Walker recently introduced a resolution [Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 12] exempting homeschooling families from any Common Core and associated assessment intrusions to their learning. In New Hampshire, homeschoolers and other families concerned about their communities’ education are also fighting back.
Michigan Live reports New Common Core resolution makes home-school exception clear By Brian Smith
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.
ML also notes this:
Michigan law already exempts home-schooled students from state education standards, but opposition to the Common Core State Standards from parents who educate their children at home has resulted in changes to a resolution authorizing use of the standards.
But Walker’s plan for the resolution was this: ”It reiterates the current statutes indicating that home-schooled children are not subject to Common Core.” Michigan homeschool activist, Karen Braun, also has a strong voice against these new Standards. In August, she participated in a WOODTV’s Live Town Hall with Governor Snyder and testified at an legislative hearing in March. She shared her reflections on Stop Common Core in Michigan‘s site. Senator Walker’s resolution has not been referred to committee yet.
In May, New Hampshire’s Union Herald reported on a couple of homeschool activists’ misgivings on the Common Core Standards.
More conflict in Manchester over Common Core by Ted Siefer.
Deborah Olszta of Manchester has raised concerns about Common Core with city officials since early March.
“Your schools are being bought out by corporations,” Olszta told the school board on Monday. “Private interests have invested millions to promote their corporate values that are not our own community values.”
Doris Hohensee of Nashua said, “Common Core has a United Nations and global corporate agenda for the workforce that seeks to undermine America’s founding principles.”
Olszta and Hohensee home-schooled their kids.
Ann Marie Banfield, who as education director for Cornerstone New Hampshire has spoken out against Common Core before the state Legislature, also addressed the school board.
Doris Hohensee commented on the above Union Herald article pointing to another site with more information.
Rich Girard provided better analysis of this school board meeting on his morning show. http://www.girardatlarge.com/media/audio/5-14-2013%20Hour%202a.mp3 Our children are not resources to be managed, but individuals whose rights need to be protected. Private student information will now be shared _without parental consent_ through data-tracking in databases with 400 data points per child. “He who controls the tests, controls the curriculum.” These are federal assessments. Common Core will eliminate local control as teachers teach to the tests. Who’s values will be inculcated? Given the repeated failure of education reform programs over the last fifty years, why spend more money on a new untested program? Common Core is an act of uniformity. What ever happened to respecting diversity?
In New Hampshire’s largest school district, Manchester’s school board recently rejected the Common Core Standards and will develop their own educational standards. Local standards are not a novel idea, but certainly seems like a useful trend now. With long observation that public school experimentation often heads towards private schools, Doris pointed out on the Home Education Magazine Networking group that legislation was recently introduced in New Hampshire tying homeschool curriculums and annual testing to Common Core alignment. NH homeschool advocates are working with legislators to head off this bill.
Prevention is always the best defense. Constant watch is key.