If You Never Read Any Of Our Other Articles, You MUST Read This :: What Is Happening To Your Child’s Education? The Dangers of Common Core

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This week, after doing some research and reading some very eye-opening articles, I wanted to share something that has been weighing heavy in my thoughts and prayers. We’ll be picking up our recent series ” I want to homeschool, but…” next week and we have some great articles and guest posts lined up!  But, to deviate from our series a little, here is something that is TOP PRIORITY reading, whether you homeschool or not…


What Is Happening To Your Child's Education? The Dangers of Common Core :: Cheeky Bums Blog


I’m usually not at a lack for things to say (just ask my husband…my word quota is significantly higher than his) but as I am putting together this post, my stomach is in knots and I struggle to put my thoughts into coherent form…I don’t have words to explain why, but I truly believe that this may be one of the most important articles that you’ll ever read here at Vintage Kids.

We’ve been spending the last several weeks looking at various resources and information regarding the choice that you have to homeschool your children or enroll them in a public or private (“traditional”) school.  It’s no secret that we are proponents of homeschooling and it’s something that we want to encourage each and every family to, at the very least, discuss.  Homeschooling may not be on your radar, it may not appeal to you right now, and it may not be something that is even feasible next year or the year after.  We aren’t militant on the subject and the decision is to be made within each family.

Now, that being said, there are several things going on within the Government, the Teacher’s Unions and the Public School System that you NEED to know, regardless of your political affiliation.

This is not a partisan issue.  This is an issue that affects YOUR FAMILY.



These are terms that you MUST learn if you have children or grandchildren in the Public School System.  Both of these terms are the names for a new “curriculum frame work ”  that was never passed through the Senate or Congress (thus never voted on or made public knowledge); but was funded and developed by newly minted departments – the  National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers,  in order to  standardize the curriculum of the entire nation.  I’m not talking about benchmarks or yearly testing; I mean national curriculum.

It recently became public knowledge because the gag order was lifted (I wish I was joking).  In Texas, the teachers were not allowed to disclose what they were teaching to the parents under penalty of civil and criminal charges.

Below I’m placing some articles for you to read over.  They cover, much more thoroughly than I could, the dangers of what is coming to the Public School System in terms of the quality and content of the education that our children will be receiving.  We’ve always worried about the state of our schools and we always will, with much credence.  BUT THIS TIME, THIS ISSUE IS DIFFERENT.  This isn’t just the same concern that we’ve always had about the quality of this or that school district.

For example:

To note just how off-color some of the CSCOPE curriculum is, consider that the Texas CSCOPE Review, an independent watchdog group, uncovered an out-of-date, optional CSCOPE lesson-plan on terrorism — “World History Unit 12 Lesson 07″ — which allegedly likens the Boston Tea Party to “an act of terrorism.”

The system also recently asked students to design a flag for a new socialist nation.”(source)

I can’t encourage you enough to look into this for yourself.  Don’t take any of this at face value, but make sure that you know what is happening in your child’s school.

This is a nation-wide  push and is the most serious decision facing the education of our children today.

So please, with an open mind (because all logic will tell you that this isn’t possible…), start here:

“That first day my husband picked up the flyer and asked me, ‘What is Common Core?’ To be honest, I had no idea. We looked it up online.  We read that they were standards for each grade that would be consistent across a number of states. They were described as higher standards, internationally benchmarked, state-led, and inclusive of parent and teacher in-put. It didn’t sound like a bad thing, but why hadn’t we ever heard about it before? Again, did I miss the parent in-put meeting or questionnaire… the vote in our legislature? Who from my state had helped to write the standards? In consideration of the decades of disagreement on education trends that I’ve observed regarding education, how in the world did that many states settle all their differences enough to agree on the same standards? It must have taken years, right? How could I have missed it?”

from Common Core: Education Without Representation A Mother Speaks Out: CHILDREN FOR SALE

“Using a chart, Barton documented and mapped out core CSCOPE material, which eliminates national values, Americanism or rather, American exceptionalism, the study of federalism and majority rule (the core of our constitution) along with patriotic symbols like the Liberty Bell. Christopher Columbus, Rosh Hashanah and Christmas are all relegated to the dustbin along with American military history. Equality and a belief in justice is replaced by “fairness” and instruction on American propaganda and imperialism.”

from The Blaze:  CSCOPE: Exposing the Nation’s Most Controversial Public School Curriculum System

“This approach not only complicates the simplest of math problems; it also leads to delays. Under the Common Core Standards, students will not learn traditional methods of adding and subtracting double and triple digit numbers until fourth grade. (Currently, most schools teach these skills two years earlier.) The standard method for two and three digit multiplication is delayed until fifth grade; the standard method for long division until sixth. In the meantime, the students learn alternative strategies that are far less efficient, but that presumably help them “understand” the conceptual underpinnings.”

from The Atlantic: A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards 

English professor Mary Grabar describes Common Core training exercises that tell teachers “to read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address without emotion and without providing any historical context. Common Core reduces all ‘texts’ to one level: the Gettysburg Address to the EPA’s Recommended Levels of Insulation.” Indeed, in my own research, I found one Common Core “exemplar” on teaching the Gettysburg Address that instructs educators to “refrain from giving background context or substantial instructional guidance at the outset.”

from Michelle Malkin Rotten To The Core: Readin’ Writin’ and Deconstructionism 


“The Common Core, a list of what K-12 kids must know in math and English, is a decades-long project of big business and educrats that essentially nationalizes education. It is now reshaping nearly every textbook, replacing nearly all state tests, overhauling U.S. teacher training, providing the basis to measure teachers, and creating nationwide databases for student grades, behavior, and more. It bewitches basically everything but lunch.

“Haven’t heard of this? That’s because, unlike when states wrote standards themselves, it was spawned by nonprofits whose meetings and documents are closed to the public, despite substantial state and federal funding. Members of Indiana’s Senate Education Committee said they did not hear about the Core until well after the state Board of Education passed it.”

from The Indy Star Why Indiana Should Delay The Common Core


“What is stunning is that the 9 standards that follow are a part of the 88 fundamentals of American history that will be tested. As you read what has been determined as mastery-based American history, ask yourself, are these fundamental, factual, unbiased, politically correct, or indoctrinating?

•Describe the attempts to promote international justice
•Analyze the major factors that drove United States imperialism
•Analyze the effects of domestic terrorism on the American people.
•Examine the controversy surrounding the proliferation of nuclear technology in the United States
•Assess key figures and organizations in shaping the Black Power Movement.
•Analyze significant Supreme Court decisions relating to reproductive rights.
•Describe efforts by the United States and other world powers to avoid future wars
•Examine the failure of the United States to support the League of Nations
•Discuss the economic outcomes of demobilization.”

from Freedom Choice Cost Florida high school exit exams indoctrinate children into a progressive and revisionist model critical of America


For an excellent overview and a list of resources on how to educate your self and your community, take a look at this article and the links at the bottom, and then print out and share a Common Core Opt Our Form


These are YOUR children, and their education should always be YOUR choice.


UPDATE: Homeschoolers – to find a list of the Curricula that have aligned themselves with the Core standards, and also to view those that have chosen NOT to align, visit THE EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM COALITION and join them on facebook

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11 Responses to “If You Never Read Any Of Our Other Articles, You MUST Read This :: What Is Happening To Your Child’s Education? The Dangers of Common Core”
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  1. I’ve spent the last few days researching this and pinning articles to my pinterest board called “Stuff That Chaps My Booty.”

    What bugs me, especially, is that this is still going largely unnoticed. Crazy to think of what is going on right under our noses. It’s like I want to shake parents: WAKE UP!!

    Seeing the list of curricula that has aligned intentionally was so disheartening, too. In the last few years I have written a good portion of our curriculum. I think I’ll be working to get that stuff ready for sale. People will be looking more and more for independent sources that respect the individuality of the child.
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  2. Cheeky Bums

    AMEN. I feel like I’m living in a bad movie…!! We’re going to be posting more in this and we want to get it onto everyone’s radar, so if you come across some good articles/info, please email me!! AND – if you end up writing some curriculum, keep me in mind – I’ll be the first in line!! (I thought I had next year figured out til I saw that list….grrrr….!)

  3. Well, in the next few weeks I’m releasing a Church History curriculum. Don’t know how much I’ll get ready before September, but I’ll tell you what’s in the works (and by in the works, I mean I’ve fully written it for my children, but it’s not sale ready yet):

    1) a pro-life science curriculum that follows a baby from conception to birth.

    2) evaluating film/movie critique class


    3) Apothecary (which is herbs and natural healing for children)

    We’ll see how much of that is ready for the new school year. But, this CCS is really lighting a fire under me to do more!

    We look forward to reading your future posts on the subject!

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  4. Cheeky Bums

    that’s awesome!!! I’d LOVE to see them!! And I hear ya – this entire CC business doesn’t depress or discourage me – it got my blood pumping, my ideas flowing, and it has made me love homeschooling even more!

  5. Steph

    As a homeschooling mom, while I can appreciate wanting to support curriculum that doesn’t support the Common Core – if a curriculum works for my child, I”m not going to abandon it because it lines up. JMO, but I support what works for my kid via what I put my money on – and I fight my political fights politically, through letters to my representatives. And, too – if a company is CHANGING their curriculum to go Common Core, stands to reason that their used curriculum is just as effective as it ever was. Best of luck in your curriculum decisions.

    If anyone is interested – our curriculum is:
    Explode the Code (lines up – because they finally wised up about how important phonics is!)
    Math Mammoth (lines up – because it teaches MATH)
    Handwriting Without Tears (not sure if it lines up – but again, it teaches Handwriting.. oh, wait, they took handwriting out of the public schools…)
    Mystery of History (Has God, so I’m sure it doesn’t line up)
    All About Spelling (the publisher doesn’t know, but I’m pretty sure it does – see phonics above)
    Mr. Q Science (no one asked him, but I’m sure if there were a science standard, it would line up, because he is a public school teacher)
    Apologia (see MOH above)
    Knowledge Quest (doesn’t line up – but it’s geography, so I’m sure if there were geography standards, there would be at least coincidental alignment)

  6. Cheeky Bums

    Steph, Thanks for your comment! your curriculum list is similar to mine. I totally understand your logic, though I would differ with you slightly on my approach. I still plan on switching my curriculum because though I do agree that we need to fight our political battles with our local and state politicians, I also fight mine with the Free Market. Several of the curricula that we use now work great, and I honestly have no complaints, but since they either do already line up or plan on switching so that they do, PERSONALLY, I can’t in good conscience continue to give them my business when what is going on is such a direct attack on parental rights and educational freedom. I will have 3rd and 1st graders next year, and although I don’t notice a huge shift at their level, there will be in several years, as they progress to more advanced material. Plus, what the government is doing is completely anti-Constitutional. Being a small government gal myself, this is one step too close to Socialism, so I’m erring on the side of swinging too close to Constitutionalism. We’ll have more on this subject, so please hang with us…this is a MAJOR battle on the education front and there is still more that we can be doing…!! all the best! Kelsi

  7. Heather

    I live in SC and my children started school on Aug 19 (4th & 7th) My son ( 7th) told me just today that he had a discussion with his pre algebra teacher about the way they had to work a simple problem. He showed the teacher the way he would do the problem, which gave him the correct answer and then asked why was it being made so hard and complicated. The teachers response was “the new way we’re teaching you will help you out later on in the year when the problems get harder” What?! That makes no sense to me and it made no sense to my child. He is a very bright student and has always been in Jr Beta Club and gifted classes. Now, in his 2nd year of middle school he has been in all honors classes. He said “mom, they are making things so confusing” I’m now seriously considering homeschooling both of my kids. After researching several sites it is my understanding that even with homeschooling the common core standards would have to be implemented because of the sats and ged. I guess my question is this: why homeschool if I will have to integrate this rotten core at home. Please help! I need input on what to do…

  8. Cheeky Bums

    Heather, sorry for my delayed response. I don’t know the specifics of how the Common Core (CCSC) is being implemented in SC, so you will want to see where they are in their implementation timeline. To be honest, I know many states have been slowly integrating it, but some aren’t even fully switched over and already kids and parents are having problems. I would first see how far your state is in it’s implementation. Then, to answer your question about homeschooling, it’s both a Federal and State issue. For example, right now in Indiana where I live, they’ve put a halt on CCSC to “look into it” so they already have some things in place, but nothing is progressins as of yet. In my state, if it DOES resume, I could see homeschool laws changing to become totally CCSC compliant, but in reality, it wouldn’t/couldn’t be for several more years because (thankfully) our state isn’t jumping in head first. Therefore, I know I have time and I’m going to be hoemschooling as long as it’s legal. I would check with your state laws to see where they are in regards to homeschooling under state-mandated curriculum. However, remember that homeschooling is not JUST about the ability to choose our own curriculum. Even if you do have to use a set list of books, YOU are still in charge, and it’s still YOUR child. One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that I can make sure that my child understands before we move forward. We go at our own pace and truly, no one is left behind, just like the govn’ is requesting 😉 And hoenstly, the benefits of homeschooing are so broad that even if the state DOES mandate my curriculum, I’ll still homeschool because I want MY values to be what shapes my child. I’ve seen the village, and I don’t want it to raise my child…If you have more questions or want to chat, feel free to email me at kelsi at cheekybumsmarket dot com.