On Curriculum and Common Core, Part 2

Maybe it was a knee-jerk reaction. I don’t know. I did what I was asked to do… post our view on Common Core Standards. When your inbox becomes filled with people asking where your company stands on an issue that you haven’t had a chance to fully research, you start doing your research. When you post on your blog where you do stand after doing said research and your character is attacked both on your blog and on social media sites, you write a comments policy and ask that guests kindly read it before commenting.

This blog post is much less reactive. I hope. This post comes out of a brain that has had time and space to assimilate the information on Common Core Standards and arrive at some conclusions. I hope that we can discuss this rationally and from the same “side” so to speak.

I speak for myself, Terri Johnson. Yes, I am the face of Knowledge Quest, Inc. and represent the company. But companies don’t have opinions (they have policies). People do. Here’s mine…

Common Core Standards are dangerous. They are dangerous not because they are standards (we’ve had various state standards for years) but because they are mandated from the federal government. Education is supposed to be the jurisdiction of the state and supervised from the state and local levels. The Federal Government should stay out (much like health care, but that is a whole ‘nother beast!). The scary part is that 45 states have already bought into this national control – hook, line and sinker. The state adoption of these standards is where the battleground should be. Here is a helpful video series to help you understand the issue at hand and our freedoms that are at stake:

As an aside, some well-intentioned homeschooling parents have decided to find out how their favorite curriculum publishers line up against these standards. A list has been drawn up and posted online. Parents are choosing their resources for next year based on this list, which really doesn’t tell you much of anything as alignment is easy because standards are low. However, alignment to Common Core Standards (CCS) is not the critical issue. State adoption of these standards is the issue. Currently, home and private schools are not regulated by the CCS. But they may be in the future. CCS needs to be stopped at the state level.

The best way to fight this battle is to contact your governor and state leaders. Send them this link to the video above – http://youtu.be/coRNJluF2O4. Sign petitions. Educate your friends, especially those who have children in the public schools. We are losing our freedoms in this country, one piece at a time, by a crafty federal government. This battle is worth our fight.

As far as your favorite curriculum is concerned, buy the materials that work the best for your family – quality materials with high standards, effective methods and sound worldview. Most of the curricula you are considering probably far exceeds the Common Core Standards anyway.

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  • Lawana

    Thanks Terri!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1352624619 Paul W. Pyle

    Great job Terri! Thanks for spreading the news. We agree 100%. And you’re scratch and dent sales are awesome :-)

    • / Terri Johnson

      Thanks, Paul! Glad you enjoyed the Scratch and Dent Sale. Those are fun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=999946479 Lisa Knight

    Thanks Terri,
    Thank you for not being afraid to stand up for what you believe, even when it costs you in the form of criticism and misunderstandings of others. :-)

    • / Terri Johnson

      You are welcome, Lisa. Would you please send an email to me regarding ACG3? Do you have my email address?

  • DebW

    Excellent! And exactly! Homeschoolers work at their own pace anyway! Just keep going!

  • Julie Knopp

    And unfortunately, the main motivator for the states wasn’t that the CCS are a good thing, but rather how to get more funding. If you haven’t watched the video Terri posted above, it is very interesting and explains more of what I have already read on the subject. As my husband and I say all the time, “Yet again, another good reason to homeschool!”

    • / Terri Johnson

      Yes, that is exactly right. That is why we will continue to pray regularly that homeschooling continues to be a legal option in this country.

  • Shelly

    Thank you for having the courage to honestly and civilly voice your opinion on this important issue. I have a lot of respect for those who are unafraid to speak out for what is right in the current “politically correct” social climate. I will be much more active in promoting your products in an effort to support small businesses who act with integrity.

  • http://twitter.com/kacscience Kim Skinner

    Thank you for doing the research and standing up for our rights. If anyone is not familiar with Common Core and CSCOPE, do your research and do what you can to stop this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SpunkyHomeschool Spunky Homeschool

    Thanks for your thoughts Terri.

    Just as a brief aside aside, you said, “[Common Core Standards] are dangerous not because they are standards (we’ve had various state standards for years) but because they are mandated from the federal government.”

    I know what you mean but to defeat CCSS we should be precise in how we state our objections. The federal government is prohibited by law from mandating standards. So if we say they are “federally mandated” we are alleging that they acted against current law. This is not true. CCSS are not federally mandated but they are federally funded and through funding have become the de facto national standard in education. The standards were legislated and adopted by the states with incentives from the federal government. Federal incentives are now in place to create assessments and curriculum are being designed around the standards in Common Core.

    As homeschoolers we need to all be as informed as possible about how this affects us in particular and education in general. We each have part. Defeating this in the legislatures is definitely a part of this. I spoke in the Michigan House last week trying to do just that. And each of us stating our thoughts with clarity and learning from the opinions of others is also a part of defeating this.

    The reasons homeschoolers will purchase curriculum is varied. There is no common standard for Homeschoolers. For some, it is just if the material meets their family’s need. It may not even be “THE best” in some reviewers mind but it is the best for them. For others it is not just whether the curriculum meets the needs of their family but also in whether the company intentionally or unintentionally validating the standards of the CCSS. One is not right for not including CCSS alignment in their purchase decision and the other is not wrong for including CCSS in their purchase decision. They are neither right or wrong, but different reasons leading to different choices. Different is not wrong. Different is what makes homeschoolers who we are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SpunkyHomeschool Spunky Homeschool

    Thanks for your thoughts Terri.

    Just as a brief aside aside, you said, “[Common Core Standards] are dangerous not because they are standards (we’ve had various state standards for years) but because they are mandated from the federal government.”

    I know what you mean but to defeat CCSS we should be precise in how we state our objections. The federal government is prohibited by law from mandating standards. So if we say they are “federally mandated” we are alleging that they acted against current law. This is not true. CCSS are not federally mandated but they are federally funded and through funding have become the de facto national standard in education. Assessments and curriculum are being designed around the standards in Common Core.

    As homeschoolers we need to all be as informed as possible about how this affects us in particular and education in general. We each have part. Defeating this in the legislatures is definitely a part of this. I spoke in the Michigan House last week trying to do just that. And each of us stating our thoughts with clarity and learning from the opinions of others is also a part of defeating this.

    The reasons homeschoolers will purchase curriculum is varied. There is no common standard for Homeschoolers. For some, is just if they material meets their family’s need. It may not even be “THE best” in some reviewers mind but it is the best for them. For some is it not just whether the curriculum meets the needs of their family but also in whether the company intentionally or unintentionally validating the standards of the CCSS. One is not right for not including CCSS alignment in their purchase decision and the other is not wrong for including CCSS in their decision whether to purchase. They are neither right or wrong, but different. Different is not wrong. Different is what makes homeschoolers who we are.

    • / Terri Johnson

      Maybe “federally coerced” would be a better term than “federally mandated.” Oh, they are a sly bunch either way!

  • Laura

    That video is truly disturbing. I appreciate your material and after reading the e-mail sent I would have had the same reaction as you did.

  • http://twitter.com/TruthBTold4Evr MrD&MrsR

    Thank you! Seems we are soon to have socialized medicine and now socialized education! The majority of Americans are against both and they see clearly enough to know where our great nation is heading. Far too often people fall prey to the pc posse and go with the flow so as not to rock the boat or to be deemed enlightened. It is sad indeed when a country works behind the backs of it’s people. 45 states have sold out our children to this common core government takeover. Thank you again for the courage of your conviction and know we stand with you. We will continue to purchase from your company knowing that the truth will be adhered to regardless of the pressure towards this common core change that will ultimately hurt us all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristen.humiston Kristen Humiston

    Wow. Thank you for posting that video. I have public school teaching friends here in IN that are trying to get this overturned here. I wasn’t very well informed, other than to know that any mandate handed down by the federal government is going to take away more freedom, but your posts and video have been very helpful. THANK YOU for what you do!

    • / Terri Johnson

      You are very welcome, Kristen. Thanks for your comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000198243898 Mary Warunek

    Common core is a cancer…

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