I live in the wonderful state of Alabama. And on this Fourth of July, I'd like to say thank you to God for my beautiful state and country. However, I honestly believe that some of our freedoms are being snatched away, right out from under our noses. I've heard a lot of chatter from my homeschool friends about Common Core and its evilness. However, I'm not even sure if most of my public school friends know about it. Why would homeschoolers be more fired up about Common Core than families with children who will be more directly affected in the near (like NOW) future? Hmmm... I have some theories, but that's not really the issue.
The issue is this: EVERYONE will be (or already is) affected by Common Core.
It will take every concerned American to pull together to stop this demonic power grab. Oh, yes, I went there. I do feel that this whole program is ungodly; I'm sure that God, the Creator of free will, isn't pleased with this socialist agenda that's contaminating education and turning our precious children into human capital (insert sassy finger snap).
Let's take my home state. In November of 2010, Alabama adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their Alabama College-and-Career-Ready Standards (CCRS), which is part of Alabama's Plan 2020, the overall educational plan for our state (it can be a little confusing, I know). The adoption went largely unnoticed until recently, due to the fact that full implementation of the Math and English Language Arts standards is this coming 2013-2014 school year. So, now everyone is talking about it, and for good reason.
Closing the achievement gaps is one of the objectives of Plan 2020. The architects behind this plan believe that there should be subgroups based on skin color, with each subgroup having different achievement goals.
From Tuscaloosa News:
Here is the breakdown of the subgroup achievement goals in Alabama: