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Nationalizing Mediocrity
Volume 117, Program 6
9/9/2013

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Does our national education system really need a one-size-fits-all set of standards to improve student achievement? Join host Mike Farristoday as he discusses the Common Core Curriculum Standards Initiative with HSLDA’s director of federal relations, Will Estrada. That’s on this week’s Home School Heartbeat.

Mike Farris:
Our guest today is Will Estrada, who is a homeschool graduate, and he is HSLDA’s federal lobbyist. Will, welcome to the program!

Will Estrada:
Great to be here, Mike.

Mike: The educational establishment claims that it is trying to improve academic performance for students in our nation’s public schools. And they’ve planned a new program called the Common Core State Standards Initiative. It’s been adopted by 45 states. Will, can you summarize for our listeners what this current plan involves?

Will:
Mike, the Common Core, as it’s become known, is yet again another attempt by the federal and national education establishment to try and, from the top down, promote educational success. Unfortunately, the success of homeschooling shows that education happens best when kids are being educated by the parents and teachers who know their children, who see them face-to-face. The Common Core is creating a national standards of education—national curriculum—that supposedly will help school achievement and help students in these schools. Unfortunately, it’s more of what we’ve seen before, and is not really going to be successful.

Mike:
Will, I think we both agree that the Common Core basically nationalizes mediocrity. Tomorrow we’re going to discuss how these common standards affect homeschoolers. I’m Mike Farris.


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