Common Core is going to EAT CHRISTIAN CHILDREN
I never heard of Sandy Rios, of the American Family Association, but you can bet I will be hanging on her every word from now on because she is clearly AWESOME. Check out her measured, thoughtful assessment of Common Core State Standards as she discusses their implications with a gentleman from the Home School Legal Defense Association:
The way is going to Common Core is going to work is our kids, meaning the home school children — when I say our kids, many of us are Christians, we are conservatives politically — our children may find themselves in a situation where they cannot function, they cannot be accepted into colleges and universities, they can’t get scholarships, they can’t get a ticket to get into, you know, just living life, if they are not pulled into the Common Core if it continues on its current trajectory. I just can’t see how our kids can survive.
Yes. Educational standards implemented in public schools that home schooled children do not attend will keep them from living life. Think on that for a moment. The blood fairly curdles, does it not? All those children. Not surviving. Except…what? Why would this be the case? One thing you might do, if you are a person who cares about what is true (cf., not Sandy Rios), is read the CCSS website and look for the places where it declares war on conservative Christian children. Or, you could go ahead and tilt at the windmills you’ve chosen, by God, and propose a solution like Rios’s:
The only way I can see us even surviving is to develop a parallel society. I’m projecting but honestly that is the truth. A parallel economy, parallel job opportunities and I just don’t think — that’s not where we want to go. We need to stop Common Core.
A parallel economy. Just for home schooled conservative Christian people. Because what could possibly go wrong?
Actually, there’s a sense in which they already have a parallel economy and education system. Rios isn’t actually worried that their children are going to have trouble getting in to Liberty University because of CCSS, right? The schools that cater to conservative Christian children will continue to do so, no doubt.
I spent some time trying to determine exactly what about Common Core is so frightening to people like Sandy Rios. Public schools have always had some kind of standards on which to base their progress tests for students at different levels, so that’s nothing new. CCSS is not and never has been a federal program, though I know that myth persists. The standards do not impose specific curricula or lesson plans, so that’s not the problem. Why are these groups so fearful that they are using all this apocalyptic language to describe an education program? What about CCSS would keep any child from getting into college?
If you know, please comment below. Otherwise, I’m going to assume that the problem Rios sees coming is that home schooling programs will not be able (or willing) to keep up with the critical thinking skills emphasized by CCSS, and thus the ones who do wish to venture beyond the likes of Liberty U will face more competition from better prepared applicants.