What if the government announced new educational standards intended to make the nation’s children smarter, but they ended up doing exactly the opposite?
That’s exactly what critics of the Common Core State Standards initiative say is happening, and that’s the subject of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio. William Estrada of the Home School Legal Defense Association tells us what’s wrong with Common Core and what we can do to fight its implementation at the local level.
- How the federal government is pushing the agenda, even if governors are the ones supposedly leading the effort.
- Why Common Core will end up “dumbing down” college standards, too, and how it’s already impacting college entrance tests.
- How Common Core was shoved on parents without the public even knowing about it.
Common Core, Estrada says, is spreading quickly, and by the end of 2014-15 will be used in 38 states. Estrada also helps us understand the difference between Common Core and No Child Left Behind – two initiatives that often are confused.
If you care about the future of this country or if you have children or grandchildren, this is one episode you don’t want to miss.