Common Core Info & Resources

Recommended reading:

The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core
by Dr. Terrance O. Moore
Professor, Hillsdale College

Truth in American Education
Concerns have been raised about the actual content of the standards.  Some of the concerns are provided below as well as links to additional information and reviews of the standards.

The CCSS Mathematics Standards:

  • Delay development of some key concepts and skills.
  • Include significant mathematical sophistication written at a level beyond understanding of most parents, students, administrators, decision makers and many teachers.
  • Lack coherence and clarity to be consistently interpreted by students, parents, teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, textbook developers/publishers, and assessment developers.  Will this lead to consistent expectations and equity?
  • Have standards inappropriately placed, including delayed requirement for standard algorithms, which will hinder student success and waste valuable instructional time.
  • Treat important topics unevenly.  This will result in inefficient use of instructional and practice time.
  • Are not well organized at the high school level.  Some important topics are insufficiently covered. The standards are not divided into defined courses.
  • Place emphasis on Standards for Mathematical Practice which supports a constructivist approach. This approach is typical of “reform” math programs to which many parents across the country object.
  • Publishers of reform programs are aligning them with the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice.  The CCSS will not necessarily improve the math programs being used in many schools.
  • Unusual and unproven approach to geometry.

The Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (ELA):

  • Use confusing language in some standards.
  • Are not always clear or measureable on expected student outcomes.
  • Are not always organized in a logical way and are difficult to follow.
  • Treat literary elements inconsistently.
  • Have some writing standards that are general and do not specify what a student should be able to know or do.
  • Focus on skills over content in reading.
  • Do not address or require cursive writing.
 CLICK HERE for Additional Information and Reviews of the CCSS from Truth in American Education

FAQ’s about Common Core
Home School Legal Defense Association

“What is the Common Core?”
Common Core Issues Topic 1
Home School Legal Defense Association

“Does the Common Core have a philosophical bias?”
Common Core Issues Topic 4 Paper
Home School Legal Defense Association

Common Core Issues (PDF)
Home School Legal Defense Association

Lowering the Bar: A Pioneer Institute White Paper
by R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky
How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM

American Public Education: A Brief Primer [Geneva Academy Hand-Out]
Compiled by Brian Turner from  Education From a Biblical Worldview by E. Daniel Schneider published by the Nehemiah Institute.

 

Recommended video resources:

Story-Killers: How the Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls
by Dr. Terrence O. Moore

Building the Machine: The Common Core Documentary
Produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association. Many helpful articles about the Common Core standards are available here.

IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity
Sadly, most American Christian children are being discipled daily by pro-choice secularists, atheists, evolutionists, politicized bureaucrats, far left unions and oftentimes even child molesters. Under the guise of education the publicly funded monopoly of Government schools has engaged in a vast program of social engineering designed to eradicate the Christian faith from American life. This film warns Christians about the subversive and anti-Christian nature of the American education system and calls on all Christians to participate in a mass exodus from government education for the sake of their children and the future of America.

 The film asks:

  • Who established the American public schools system? 
  • Are my kids physically and morally safe in the schools? 
  • Are the public schools religiously neutral? 
  • Shouldn’t Christians be “salt and light” in the schools? 
  • Can the public school system be fixed or redeemed?

 

Children of Caesar: The State of American Education
“Whoever controls the school controls the world.”
Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr.
[DVD available in the school resources department or for purchase here.]

Biblical Theism Graph