Students Opting Out of Common Core Math to Learn at Home   4 comments

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A friend called last week to say that she’s decided to home school her child. She wanted to know what curriculum I use. She said that ever since Common Core came to town, her child hates school –and sadly, he especially hates math. I told her that I use pre-Common Core Saxon, but that there are many good non-Common Core math programs she can find. The point is to steer clear of Common Core aligned education products. Classical math works. It’s worked for a long, long, long, long time.

Story time: When I began to home school my son just fourteen months ago, his main complaint was being bored in school. He was then just an average student. But he wasn’t given any extra attention, nor extra challenges, as a middle of the road student at that school. He spent a lot of time being finished with his math, just reading at his desk while the teacher helped the slower children, and while the gifted children were in another classroom.

This wasn’t a good use of my son’s time. That was in his first month of fourth grade; and I said, “enough”.

Now, as a fifth grader, he loves math. He’s good at it and proud of it. He wouldn’t admit this. But I know he is. He’s already on the seventh grade math level.

He’s not being forced. He is experiencing the LOVE of learning math, alongside the love of actual autonomy. Liberty.

We slow down or speed up as we need to; our little kitchen/living room/park bench/front yard/ anyplace-we-want-to-go home school is customized to his abilities. We skip along past what he doesn’t need to over-review. We slow down and do extra on the parts he does need to work on.

And we take recess any old time we feel like it. We work hard and we take education seriously, but JOYFULLY. We don’t stress him out. We play at math, we work at math, the way we also play at basketball and at engineering and we still bake cookies and blow up home made kitchen volcanoes and wrestle the three-year-old and visit museums and play the piano or paint or play with the microscope or do deep research on some question he came up with –any time we want to.

We can take naps. We can write books. We can compose music. We can talk as long as we want to about what we learn in history, geography, languages. We are in charge of us.

And he’s sprinted ahead, two years ahead of his grade level in math.

Why do I tell you this? Am I just bragging? No. I am rejoicing. There is freedom in this country to homeschool –or to private school or to public school. (One can not legally home school in MANY places– even in Germany or Sweden, where I spent much of my early life– these supposedly “free” countries. I thank God for this freedom in America.

My high schooler attends public school. Sadly, she and I both realize that she has lost the love of learning. She does the bare minimum to get a decent grade. She doesn’t like math. She doesn’t like science. She doesn’t even like English anymore. It’s dreary now. She puts up with it and then she reads what she actually enjoys reading at home.

Is this just my imagination? Is there an actual, national tragedy going on, that schools under Common Core are sapping the love of learning away from students? Is it to be blamed on the “human capital” angle, the factory view of humanity; just processing people to prepare them to be worker bees rather than preparing them to be free, original thinkers, forging their own paths in life?

I think so.

But there’s one more thing. My son’s math success story is not, as some of my friends suppose, because I happen to be a credentialed teacher.

It’s because I’m a mom who loves to learn. I believe in REAL, classical education, where we teach what’s been time-tested for centuries, and teach a love of learning and a love of God. We do not teach toward a test that politicians and businessmen have hung their career hats on (and have then shoved down others’ throats.) That’s increasingly what public school teachers must do, and what they now also must advocate for. Shudder!

The love of home learning explains why I like this news clip so much. The t.v. clip explains that parents in Oregon are pulling their students out of Common Core math classes to teach them real math at home.

I can’t get the clip to embed, so click here to see the Oregon TV News clip or read more about it at The Blaze.

It’s good to know that there are options. There may be people for whom Common Core makes sense and fits. But it’s not for everyone.

One size does not fit all– never has, never will.

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4 responses to “Students Opting Out of Common Core Math to Learn at Home

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  1. We left our daughter in the parochial school that adopted common core WITHOUT any debate, discussion, or communication but supplemented with Saxon math every night. She LOVES it. Next year : classic education.

  2. Home schooling is the answer for now, but once embedded into the educational infrastructure of the State, ALL students, public, private, parochial, and even HOME schooling, will have to teach their children enough Common Core Propaganda to pass the Common Core exams.
    You can supplement their ‘approved’ curriculum with up to 15% additional content, but they will still be REQUIRED to pass the Common Core tests in order to receive a diploma.

    Communist Core is NOT about Education…it is about Control!
    Once Communist Core is embedded into the foundations of American Education, the States, School boards, Parents, and Children will not have any Control of what is taught in American Schools. Once they have Control of Education, the Socialists and Educrats in Washington D.C. will morph education into what THEY think YOUR children SHOULD learn…Socialism. Communism.

    If Common Core Lives, Freedom Dies.

    http://www.killcommoncore.com

  3. I like your blog! I feel like so many school have been forced to adopt common core standards. however, the “infrastructure” has not changed. I still have 33 students and no textbooks. We take the common core standards and try to created correct lesson. we have no guidance or help. the common core standards are just a diversion to the underlying problem of underfunded schools. mr duncan is obsessed with the sink or swim attitude of the NCLB. He and Obama promised change, but as a teacher, my life has become worse. with the common core standards came the new mandated evaluation system. no teachers are scared and not collaborating like they all claim, everyone is squirming to be in the good favor of their principals. because if they don’t they will soon be given the “sentence” of satisfactory or unsatisfactory…then they will be basically ostracized from the profession. read my blog were I talk about Chicago’s new Reach Evaluation system. I probably a little biased against it, since I don’t really trust CPS. I tried to be objective. I hop you will read it!!!

    http://www.wpnowblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/6/

  4. Pingback: Common Core: Best Homeschool Sales Pitch Ever? #stopcommoncore #ccss | Stop Common Core Illinois

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