Any new administration is bound to bring changes with it, and that is exactly what is happening with the education system. The new administration is taking a completely different approach to education.
Ending policies which the Common Core have brought, will mean that parents will have more freedom of choice in how their children are educated. Common Core means that there is a unified national system of education where subjects like Math and English are learned at a set pace.
Ending Common Core would mean that vocal and technical education levels are expanded and that there is a 2 and 4 year college certification, which many people could afford.
When President Trump published his plan for the 1st 100 days of his administration, one section outlined was education. That part reads:
“School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.”
What does this mean for homeschool families? Ending Common Core would mean that families that homeschool would have access to Education Savings Plans, which they do not have under the Common Core system.
Because Common Core is so comprehensive, even homeschoolers find that they are governed by curriculems, testing and student data tracking systems.
Homeschool organizations such as the HSLDA have been fighting policies such as Common Core since their inception. In 2013, the group published an article outlining concerns:
“Homeschooling gives families the freedom to teach their children how and what they wish. Common Core, however, requires a unified national learning path, thereby restricting in what order and to what depth children will learn the components of math and English. This would be less objectionable if Common Core were not so mediocre, according to all the academic experts on Common Core’s validation committee who refused to sign off on it. Other standards and education experts have since sharply criticized Common Core’s academic quality. Because Common Core is so comprehensive, it is likely to influence even what and how homeschoolers teach, particularly through curriculum, testing, and student data tracking.”
Homeschool families have the freedom to teach their children how and what they wish, and they would prefer to keep this option. Ending Common Core would mean financial assistance for them.
While many homeschoolers are excited at the thought of Common Core coming to an end, it remains to be seen whether this will actually take place.
Think tanks have questioned whether this move is possible, and homeschoolers anxiously wait to see the outcome. Even though the administration could end Common Core, it is a matter of state policy and there is not much that the government can do about it.
Source: Pure Flix Insider