Why is IAHE Concerned about Common Core Standards?
The foundation of home education has been and always should be parent directed education free from government regulation, interference and oversight. The IAHE is concerned about the attempt to nationalize education through the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its potential impact on homeschoolers. State homeschool organizations have been fighting similar top down approach for decades.
- We are troubled by the quality and content of the standards. Traditional curriculum publishers and homeschool curriculum companies alike are revising their products to conform to the new standards. There is concern that college entrance tests may be rewritten to conform to the CCSSI. In order to do well on these tests, home educators will be forced to conform to the standards.
- We are concerned that CC tests do not test for knowledge, but performance. Students will be tested on their reasoning according to CC standards. This one-size-fits-all approach will not allow for variations in learning styles.
- We are concerned that the CCSSI contains the formation of the Statewide Longitudinal Database (SLDS) that tracks students from the pre-natal period through the workforce (P20W). Although home educators are not included at this time, this tracking system was found in a bill in the 2013 legislative session. This is an issue that violates student and family privacy rights. We have observed a reference to desiring to include home educators’ information in the database. The SLDS is the foundation for creating a planned society.
- We are concerned by the way in which the Standards were foisted upon Indiana. There are disturbing issues regarding the legality of the federal promotion of the standards and assessments including the usurpation of state autonomy.
- We are concerned that the governance of the standards and the fiscal cost to the states are a sign of increased legislation and control on independent citizens.
We encourage you to check out the links below and draw your own conclusions
What are the problems with the Common Core?
- Pioneer Institute – Public Policy Research White Papers
- Controlling Education from the Top
- The Dying of the Light: How Common Core Damages Poetry Instruction April 2014
- Cogs in the Machine: Big Data, Common Core, and National Testing May 2014
- Common Core’s Validation: A Weak Foundation for a Crooked House April 2014
- Imperiling the Republic: The Fate of US History Instruction Under Common Core September 2014
- Study Finds Common Core Math Standards Will Reduce Enrollment in High Level Math Courses, Dumb Down College STEM Curriculum September 2014
- Claims and Facts About Common Core
- Common Core Facts
- Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM
Indiana and Common Core
Read IAHE’s Letter to Governor Pence
The opt-out of Common Core bill in Indiana is SB193. (2013) It has passed the Senate with an amendment to reevaluate Common Core. It has been bottle-necked in the House Education Committee. The language has been attached to HB1427. As of April 15, it is being debated behind closed doors in the Caucus to hopefully receive a vote before the full House.
2012 Testimony before the Senate Education Committee
- Sandra Stotsky She has testified before the Indiana Senate Education Committee in 2012 and 2013.
- Sandra Stotsky video
- Fabio Milner
- James Milgram
Indiana Common Core News
- Indiana Superintendent: Obama Administration Nationalized Common Core Standards
- Bipartisan Leaders Rethink Indiana’s Common Core Participation
- Indiana Senate Passes Anti-Common Core Bill
- Joy Pullmann: Why Indiana should delay the Common Core
- Indiana Private Schools and PARCC Assessments
- Indiana Among States Acting to Oppose Common Core Standards
- Education Committee Considers Licensing, Halting Common Core
- How The Common Core Is Changing Math Instruction For Indiana’s Youngest Students
- Indiana Governor Pence Talks Common Core
- Complex Common Core ‘Pause’ Bill Passes Indiana General Assembly
- Two Moms vs Common Core IAHE is mentioned in this article
- Governor Pence Pauses Indiana Common Core Standards
- Common Core Ruffles Homeschoolers IAHE mentioned in this article
- Speaker Bosma on Common Core
- Friedman Foundation Now Opposes Common Core
- David Barton talks about Common Core
What Does HSLDA Say About Common Core?
- HSLDA’s Common Core Report 7/2013
- Common Core State Standards Initiative: National Education Standards 2.0
- National Education Standards–An Update for Home Educators
- Common Core Standards initiative: Too Close to a National Curriculum
- National Databases: Collecting Student-Specific Data is unnecessary and Orwellian
- VIDEO: Homeschooling Advocate: Common Core Abandons Classics for ‘reading executive orders from President Obama’
Map of States and Common Core
How Does Common Core Affect Curriculum?
- Common Core Standards’ Devastating Impact on Literary Study and Analytical Thinking
- Teacher: One (maddening) day working with the Common Core
- Catcher in the Rye dropped from US School Curriculum
- Story-Killers: How the Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls
- A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards
- Developing Habits of Mind for Algebraic Thinking
- Misadventures in the Common Core
Science – These are not part of CCSSI, but are Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- Climate Change Science Poised to Enter Nation’s Classrooms
- Students Would Learn About Climate Change Under New Teaching Guidelines
Effects of the Standards
- Standards Stressing Kindergarteners Out
- Your Kids Can’t Handle the Common Core, Put Them in Pre-K
- Former Bush Education Official: Guinea Pigs for Common Core Standards
College Entrance Tests
Effects on School Choice
Student Privacy Concerns