More Parents Choose Homeschooling Due to Common Core

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  1. Revmitchell

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    As Common Core champions like Jeb Bush, Bill Gates, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce continue to attack parents, teachers, and taxpayers for what they claim are “myths” spread about the centralized standards initiative, many parents across the nation are not convinced.

    They are refusing to subject their children to the stress, pressure, and confusion associated with the Common Core by opting out of the assessments aligned with the standards, or by withdrawing them from school and choosing homeschooling instead.

    WHNT 19 News in Alabama reports a growing number of families making the decision to withdraw their children from school in order to homeschool because of “confusion,” “chaos,” and stress related to the Common Core standards.

    “It [Common Core] has caused chaos in our house, and it’s not worth it,” said Lori Peden, who has withdrawn two of her children from McBride Elementary in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. “The teachers are not comfortable teaching it. They’re frustrated. Parents are upset, kids are not making good grades. That’s what I’ve seen.”

    Peden said she never had plans to homeschool her children, but did so after she observed her son struggling with Common Core math assignments in which he was required to find and learn up to half a dozen different pathways to the same final answer, an endeavor that created confusion and constant stress.

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    What I want to know is what is the real agenda behind this common core.
     
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    It's part of the Little Marxist Dictator's Cloward-Piven Strategy. There is a methodology for almost everything in that attack on the American system: Welfare, immigration, healthcare, stimulus and bailouts -- and yes, education.

    I've become a student of sorts regarding the LMD's use of this strategy and I'm just amazed at how closely he's following the playbook in almost everything he does. What amazes me even more is that the political pundits aren't picking up on it. Or maybe they are, and not saying anything, which opens up a whole new unknown can of worms. :BangHead:
     
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    We were home schooling when home schooling wasn't cool. Common core didn't exist at the time. madre and I figured we could do better with a 2:3 teacher to student ratio than any public school. The two boys started in public school. Between the time spent helping them with their homework and the time spent in the principal's office (long story. Don't ask.) and the time spent undoing all the garbage.... well, we decided to bring them all home. Our youngest took her first college class four days before her 16th birthday and graduated with a BS before her peers were juniors.

    We could teach them one important thing lacking in public education - how to think. We took them to Gettysburg to study the Civil War. They stood on the same ground where thousands of soldiers stood. We went to Ticondaroga and Saratoga to learn about the Revolution. We toured factories, bakeries, one brewery and a shipping company. We went to all sorts of churches and a synagogue. We'd ask them questions about what they saw and learned. If we traveled we'd pester them all the way home. Long story short, you just can't beat the quality of education when it is done at home.

    I'm not bragging on my kids but they are collectively the smartest bunch I've been around.

    In New York, home schooled children are required to take the standardized test as if they were attending the public school. It has been a while but I do not believe they took more than 5 or 6 tests throughout their school years. All three of them placed in the top 5% in every test they took. The exception was the daughter who was consistently in the top 2%.

    The grandson is going to be old enough to start school next year. He's been in school since the day he was born.
     
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    OK so what happens when you yourself are not up to a curriculum.....like Calculus & Physics? How bout biology where you require a lab?
     
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    It's easy. You use online classes, dual enroll in community college (you get high school AND college credits doing this), join a co-op where they do the tougher classes together, or get a tutor. Heck, it's easy enough just to get a good curriculum and do it with your student! :)

    My kids didn't do calculus at home but bio labs have been fun!! My 6th grader has already dissected a frog, a sheep's heart, a cow eyeball, a sheep brain, a fetal pig, a grasshopper and a perch (the fish). Labs are really quite easy! You can get all the supplies you need at a place like Tobin's Labs (a GREAT science resource).
     
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    I'm not a good student & so school was very painful for me to get through.....I doubt I could get through certain curriculum's without strangling someone....most likely a kid.
     
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    Then like I said, online classes, college, tutors, co-ops - all of those are valid choices that homeschoolers have used to educate their kids.

    Interestingly enough, the education of the parent has very little bearing on the success of the child in homeschooling whereas in public and private school, it has a large impact with the students.
     
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    Network! We were part of a home schooling group called LEAH. Loving Education at Home. If you found yourself outside your skill set you looked for someone in the group. We had a handful of brainiacs in the group that did all that secret stuff for the local Air Force base. They were doing calculus in their heads. Out of my league for sure.

    The upside of delving into difficult subjects is when you start learning new things. Do you know how many subjects are taught baking cookies? Math, chemistry, life skills....Math gets you into weights, fractions, measuring. Chemistry? Try baking bread without leaven. You get a matzo or wall paper paste.

    Personally I would rather have you teaching my kids about chickens and bull dogs than than about half the yahoos masquerading as educators.
     
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    LEAH is the New York state homeschooling group and every state has at least one. I know CHAP is the big group for Pennsylvania since I used to go to their conference every year. New Jersey's group is ENOCH. :)
     
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    I'm not sure that's a registered program bro!
     
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    We raised a beefer with another family. The whole process from calf to freezer wrap is pretty interesting even for kids. Ton of subjects to cover there, too. We went on a tour of the Utica Club brewery. You know how much science goes into making a cold one?

    A bi-product of the brewery tour was the discovery of local hop production. We found out the county to our south was one of the largest hop producers in the country until the end of the 1800's. Lots of library time.

    The joy of discovery! Here's another rabbit trail we followed with interesting outcomes. I pastored in the UMC for 13 years. My last appointment was in a little town called Newport. The church had its roots in very early Methodism. Around 1800 Thomas Coke, one of two Methodist bishops (the other was Francis Asbury) traveled to upstate New York to establish Methodist societies. He held meetings in nearby Dolgeville and started a group there. A few years later this society established a class in Welsh Bush about a mile outside of Newport. The class leader named the group The Calvinistic-Wesleyan Society of Welsh Bush. The class leader was Welsh and a great fan of George Whitefield. You would have loved the guy.

    You don't DO home schooling. It becomes a way of life. Everything is a teaching moment.
     
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    But don't ya have to get through state tests? These kids
    Are going to get too pampured D. I mean no nuns strapping you for not knowing something or smashing your head against the blackboard because you failed to divide 1245800077396 by 3. And the religious tests....ha ha ha, I'm surprised I'm not an aethiest today! Now I'm thinking that somehow they knew that my fathers side were disapproving protestants and hey were going to torture me for it.

    But my point is, to deprive them of those experiences ....how could you.
     

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