New Homeschooling E-Book Tackles The Pros & Cons Of Adopting Common Core Standards
Parents who homeschool their kids might want to check out a new comprehensive e-book that deals with the pros and cons of adopting Common Core standards. The e-book, titled "Homeschooling: Fighting for My Children's Future," is the brainchild of several parenting and homeschooling experts led by Paula Bolyard and Megan Fox.
Best Of Both Sides
In "Homeschooling: Fighting for My Children's Future," Bolyard and company warn homeschooling parents against the threat of Common Core believers. Given the fact that college aptitude exams are now aligned with Common Core standards, they advise homeschooling parents to slightly tweak their curriculum to better prepare their kids for college, as per WND.
Adopting Common Core standards may be beneficial in preparing homeschooling children for the future, but experts say the constant testing could alienate kids from the true meaning of learning. "If your children are under the influence of this curriculum, you may need to spend a significant amount of time debriefing them," said Bolyard.
The new homeschooling e-book, which is available now on Amazon, contains 26 essays which masterfully depicts US public education as an institution in turmoil. Common Core is generally perceived as the negative variable while homeschooling is considered to be one of the top alternatives to foster meaningful learning.
Why The Hate For Common Core?
According to Business Insider, Common Core was created in 2009 to primarily improve the learning outcomes of US students. Despite the initiative's commendable intent, some parent and teacher groups felt they weren't duly consulted when the academic changes were made.
A number of educators even left their jobs because of Common Core. One of whom is Ohio-based ninth-grade intervention specialist Staciee Star. She believes the new standards lack creativity and flexibility.
"They (Star's students) have a learning disability and they may struggle with reading. It is extremely upsetting. These children are being demoralized on a daily basis," Star told The Washington Post. "We are making them feel worse about themselves. Our curriculum is going way too fast, and these students, we are losing them."