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Apr 11, 2014

Building the Machine - Sending Out a Charge to Parents and Educators Worldwide

Charity Klicka

Have you seen the long anticipated documentary on the Common Core: Building the Machine? It's been a little over a week and it has already received over 132k views (although the number is steadily growing as you're reading this). 

The Common Core is the largest systemic reform of American public education in recent history. What started as a collaboration between the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to reevaluate and nationalize America’s education standards has become one of the most controversial—and yet, unheard of—issues in the American public.

We at HSLDA strongly believe in the education of every child. Particularly our children. HSLDA supports parents across the country who share that commitment to educate their children privately at home. This film is dedicated to future education of our children and the idea that each child (and the education they deserve) is unique.

I can't tell you how important this film is for parents, educators, and even students to see! As a student myself, and recent homeschool graduate, I value my education and the freedom in it. More importantly, I believe it is important for a student to learn and study in the ways that they learn best; whether middle school, high school, or college student. Furthermore, the government should not get to decide how a student’s educated.

All I hear now is that we got to keep up with China— we have to win the race. What race? The race is to keep the democracy alive, and vibrant, and save. And to have thinking, caring, intelligent students.” –Wayne Brasler, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

 

Here's my charge to you, homeschooling parents, bloggers, social media advocates, and education enthusiasts! Watch Building the Machine and write a review or share about it on your blog or other social media channels!

 

We invite everyone, regardless of side, to watch the film and explore the issues for themselves. We need to spark discussion on the Common Core! Most importantly, we need to spread the word about the Common Core.

And guess what? There are multiple ways that YOU can share about and get others involved in learning more about the Common Core.

       - LIKE the Building the Machine Facebook page

       - FOLLOW Building the Machine on Twitter

       - FOLLOW HSLDA’s Common Core board on Pinterest

       - FORWARD this film to your friends

       - HOST a screening of Building the Machine

       - DOWNLOAD the group discussion guide for the Film

       - FIND out the status of the Common Core in your states, and FIND your legislators

       - SIGN UP for Common Core news & alerts

 

Also be sure to check out all the great resources on the Building the Machine's website: CommonCoreMovie.com:

       - Meet the experts of the Film

       - Download the poster for Building the Machine

       - Download the press kit for Building the Machine

       - Pre-order Building the Machine

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE FILMNote: Links do not signify endorsement

"As Building the Machine concludes, no matter where you eventually raise your flag on the topic, it’s important that you get informed and get involved." -Joy Pullman, The Federalist—March 31, 2014

"This is a film you should watch, and this is a film that you should get others to watch--particularly those who are still learning about the issues." -Peter Greene, Curmudgucation—March 31, 2014

"At the heart of the film is the notion that parental control in education will be jeopardized by national standards." -Brandon Hershey, The Foundry,—April 8, 2014

"At the end of the movie, HSLDA notes that the most important element of a child’s education, which unlike Common Core has been backed up by decades of research, is parental involvement.They point out no matter where you may land in this current debate, be involved in your kids education. I couldn’t agree more." -Shane Vander Hart, Truth in American Education—April 2, 2014

Most importantly, though, I want you to watch the film and decide for yourself where you stand on these issues. The choice is up to you!

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