Monday, June 01, 2009

National Standards are on the way

I wish all my posts were as fun to write as the Case Against Homeschooling, but today, 46 states and the District of Columbia will announce a plan to create a common education standard for the nation. And the ramifications for homeschoolers (or any free-thinking, freedom loving American) are anything but funny.
The push for common reading and math standards marks a turning point in a movement to judge U.S. children using one yardstick that reflects expectations set for students in countries around the world at a time of global competition...."This is the beginning of a new day for education in our country," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "A lot of hard work is ahead of us. But this is a huge step in a direction that would have been unimaginable just a year or two ago."
The direction is SOCIALISM (some think Marxism) and thanks to Obama it isn't hard to imagine anymore. I hope all of my Obama supporting homeschooling friends are calling the White House and their Congressman and opposing this. Not that it will make much difference.

First comes the standard, then the test, then the requirement that ALL children are tested to ensure that no child is left "crippled" in the competition for jobs. And just where do you think that leaves homeschoolers? A diploma coming from any school (including a homeschool) that refuses to conform to the national standard and the requisite testing credential is useless.

I'll never understand the outrage at Obama for taking over car companies and banks (all deserved), but nary a peep when he demands national education standards. Are our children's minds less important than our money and the car we drive?

For a more humorous way of looking at the same question, read my post Choice, It's a Beautiful Thing.

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