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Published On: Mon, Aug 18th, 2014

North Carolina Common Core blamed for surge in homeschooling

Residents in North Carolina blame the national Common Core curriculum as the reason for their choosing to homeschool their children. The state has seen a 27 percent increase since the 2011-2012 school year.
 
“As of last year, 98,172 North Carolinian children were homeschooled; that’s 2,400 students more than the number who attended a private school,” writes EAG News while reviewing the spike in homeschooling.
 
Some Common Core driven questions from Mississippi which upset parents

Some Common Core driven questions from Mississippi which upset parents

The author notes that the subpar economy is the reason for the reduction in private school students before reporting how Common Core is impacting the students of North Carolina.

 
“Common Core is a big factor that I hear people talk about,” Beth Herbert, founder of Lighthouse Christian Homeschool Association, told NewsObserver.com. “They’re not happy with the work their kids are coming home with. They’ve decided to take their children home.”
 
This new government standard is blamed for leaving students “unprepared for college study in STEM courses – science, technology, engineering and math,” says the article.
 
State education leaders will be recising and replacing the worst parts of Common Core, as state lawmakers recently directed them to do, but the article questions whether students will return to the public school system.
 

Seton Hall University professor Chris Tienken calls Common Core “one-size-fits-all education.” It’s ridiculous, he says, “to think that having every child master the same exact content at the same exact level of difficulty…is going to prepare all kids for all colleges and all careers.”

“It is federalization of the education system. Proponents of Common Core argue that nationalization is not the same as federalization. In this case, that’s a distinction without a difference,” writes Rob Jenkins for the Gwinnett Daily Post Aug. 17 article.

He continues: “I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone say anything positive about No Child Left Behind. The standardized testing regimen it has foisted upon our children is nearly universally despised, across the political spectrum…Common Core will be worse. Much worse. NCLB required relatively few tests, but a fully aligned national curriculum will eventually mean new standardized tests for every student at every grade level in every subject. As all educators know, without testing there’s no such thing as a meaningful standard…”

Check out some of the top stories on The Dispatch covering Common Core HERE

In an exclusive interview with Dispatch Radio former teacher Karen Schoen details the history of Common Core and some of the pitfalls HERE

 

 

 
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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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