There's a relatively new kid on the educational block. GHEA believes that this kid is dangerous and needs to be sent packing. The new kid's name in Common Core Standards a.k.a. in Georgia as Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.
What is the Common Core?
Common Core has been described by educators as No Child Left Behind on steroids! In layman's terms, the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is a set of national K-12 standards developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington D.C. under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The actual standards are general and will replace what is now in place in each state. Doesn't sound too menacing until you look to see who is behind it and how it came to be. Go to http://potterwilliamsreport.com/2012/11/14/jeb-bush-bill-ayers-and-common-core-standards.aspx for more information.
The Common Core Standards grew out of the contest called Race-to-the-Top. The prize was $4.35 billion in stimulus funds. Many are now coming to realize that the likely outcomes of this contest will be:
1. A national curriculum called Common Core.
2. Regionalism, or the replacement of local governments by federally appointed bureaucrats.
3. A leveling of all schools to one, low national standard, and a redistribution of educational funds among school districts.
4. An effective federal tracking of all students.
5. The loss of the option of avoiding the national curriculum and tests through private school and homeschool.
The Common Core Standards Initiative is unconstitutional on two fronts, federal and state. By hooking states into the Common Core with Race-To-The-Top grant funds and linking the Common Core to No Child Left Behind waivers, the federal government is acting as the "enforcer" to herd states into the "one-size-fits-all" Common Core in spite of the fact that three federal laws prohibit the federal government from guiding the educational curriculum of the states. Not only the U.S. Constitution, but state constitutions maintain that education is a power reserved to the states and their citizens. Yet, the Common Core can not be changed by state legislatures or state school boards.
Not only can the standards NOT be changed by state legislatures or school boards these standards allow for No deviation of any kind, the states are required to implement them 100%. In the Christian Post, HSLDA's William Estrada shared some concerns about these new federal standards. He said that HSLDA is against any pressure that the federal government would put on states to adopt the Common Core State Standards Initiative because the further a policy takes you from local educational control, the greater threat it will be to homeschools.
Intrusive Data Tracking
The Common Core ensures that the states build expensive high-tech systems that will track students' performance and other personal data and provide that information to the federal government. "Hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high school to college and college to career." U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, from a June 8, 2009 speech.
Exorbitant Price Tag
The Common Core will have an exorbitant price tag. The unfunded mandates associated with the Common Core are open-ended in many areas. A recent study shows implementation will cost $16 billion or more nationwide, with about 90% of this paid for by states and local districts, despite the $4.35 billion Race-to-the-Top grants.
You may ask, Well, what has this got to do with me? I home school my children and I can choose whatever curriculum I want. This is true on the surface, but state adoption of these standards should be opposed for the following reasons.
1. Implementing the Common Core Standards is unconstitutional on the state and federal level and violates specific federal laws.
2. This federal program usurps local control and parental rights.
3. It requires intrusive data tracking (This is why we recommend that you not give your children's birth dates or S.S. numbers to the state).
4. The program will cost billions in unfunded mandates most of which will have to be paid by the states.
5. It will further dumb down the already dumbed down public school curriculum and will eventually affect standardized testing to reflect the content of this national curriculum. These tests include those given in grades K-12 as well as SAT and ACT tests. This will directly affect private schools and homeschools. Even though we are exempt from taking the tests required of public school students, we are not exempt from standardized tests or SATs and ACTs.
The new president of the College Board, David Coleman, is one of the architects of the Common Core Standards. The College Board administers the SAT, AP tests and other standardized tests. Go to http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/education/david-coleman-to-lead-college-board.html? for more information.
Even though Georgia has opted to embrace Common Core Standards, there is still time for Georgia to opt out of this horrendous federal program. If enough states opt out, the program will have to be abandoned. (Four states, Texas, Alaska, Virginia and South Carolina have opted out completely and Minnesota has opted out of the Math portion. And there are others that are rethinking their position.) go to http://edlibertywatch.org/2012/09/states-starting-to-rebel-against-common-core/ for more information
Please go to www.StopCommonCore.com and read more about the dangers in adopting the Common Core Standards. If you are so led, sign the petition and contact your state senator and representative with your opinion.