10:43 AM, Jan 5, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The school house for American children is, increasingly, the same one where they eat and sleep and live with their parents. As Genevieve Wood of the Daily Signal reports:
In North Carolina, the number of homeschoolers has now surpassed the number of students attending private schools.
In 1973, there were approximately 13,000 children, ages 5 to 17, being homeschooled in the United States. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of the 2011-2012 school year, that number has grown to almost 1.8 million or approximately 3.4 percent of the school age population. Other sources report numbers well over 2 million.
This cannot be read as anything other than a parental rejection of the educational status quo and the iron grip of the teachers’ unions under which it labors. Those with the greatest stakes in the educational system – parents – are giving up on PTAs, school boards, and the like and going it on their own.
Meanwhile, the political class offers as its solution ... Common Core.
3:47 PM, Aug 20, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As Michelle Maitre at EdSource reports, when people learn more about the Common Core educational standards, they like them less. The Common Core is the latest attempt to apply universal standards of instruction and performance across American schools. It has the support of big names like Bill Gates and big money like, well, Bill Gates.
Haven’t we seen this movie before?Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
It has been five years now since America got the news, or was supposed to: Henceforth our children would enjoy a revolutionary new approach to learning in the public schools, in the form of national educational standards. They’re called the Common Core State Standards, or Common Core for short—or if you’re in a particular hurry, CCSS. Why national standards should bear the official title “State Standards” is one of the many peculiarities that make Common Core interesting to think about.
3:56 PM, May 7, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It is the “Cubs Fail to Reach World Series” of news stories. American students are found to be doing poorly at their job which is, of course, learning.
Another federal education boondoggle?Feb 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21 • By MARY GRABAR
As the nation observed the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty in early January, the 2014 Georgia Family Engagement Conference here drew over 1,200 participants, up from 800 at the inaugural state conference in 2012. About a dozen states have held such confabs, pursuant to the “Parental Involvement” section of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, an arm of the War on Poverty that sends federal funds to low-income-area schools in hopes of “equalizing” so-called educational outcomes.
8:54 AM, Dec 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The educrats have decided that if students are to be taught about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, then it might be best to leave out any mention of that … well, that war that was being fought at around that same time.
12:15 PM, Nov 17, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There is widespread opposition to the latest federal initiative aimed at improving education in this country.
5:31 PM, May 29, 2013 • By JAMIE GASS and JIM STERGIOS
When President Obama unveiled his Race to the Top initiative in 2009, the idea was to award $4.35 billion in federal grant money to states to replicate policies that boosted student achievement. That quickly changed and the federal money was instead used to persuade states to adopt administration-backed nationalized K-12 English and math standards and tests. By last year, most states had adopted the standards, known as Common Core, and it seemed a foregone conclusion that the United States would join countries like France in having a uniform curriculum.
10:45 AM, Feb 28, 2012 • By JOY PULLMAN
A strongly-worded statement from Education Secretary Arne Duncan last week revealed his distaste for federalism, since it undermines his goal of having all states agree to one set of education standards.
12:05 PM, May 26, 2011 • By JOY PULLMAN
A coalition of right-leaning education reformers have recently and sharply broken with the growing federal influence Republicans and Democrats have broadly supported in recent decades. This edusphere tussle connects education to the wider debate Americans (evinced most loudly by Tea Party supporters) have rejoined on the scope and centralization of government power and how it shapes American identity.
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