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3/31/2010 4:54:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSDLA: Beware National Education Standards 2.0

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HSDLA: Beware National Education Standards 2.0

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Numerous news reports http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7970 have
recently discussed a move by states and the National Governors
Association to create common core curriculum standards. These
standards have been created by a team of education experts, teachers,
and other stakeholders, and will then be submitted to the state
legislatures for approval. The stated goal is to create a national
network of common core academic standards.

To paraphrase Shakespeare, however, a rose by any other name is still
a rose, and national standards by any other name are still national
standards. In fact, one of the major proponents of these standards,
The New America Foundation, recently wrote in a major issue paper
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7971 on the subject, "As part of a
broader move towards common, national educational standards, a Next
Social Contract for education must establish clearly articulated
standards for what children should know and be able to do by the end
of the third grade."

HSLDA has been fighting national standards for decades, and we believe
that the Common Core State Standards Initiative is national standards
merely by a different name. Accordingly, HSLDA strongly opposes this
initiative.

The proponents believe that national standards, or common state
standards, will increase school readiness, increase academic
proficiency, and better prepare students for life and the workforce.
The common standards are not stand-alone: many of their proponents
call for aligning curriculum from pre-kindergarten through graduation
from college, so-called "p-16." Others call for even more drastic
intervention in the lives of students and families: place children
from birth until graduation from college into government run programs
and schools. We believe that this threatens parental rights and
ultimately, homeschool freedom.

In the 1990s, HSLDA opposed Goals 2000
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7972 because it called for a
seamless government program of intervention into the lives of children
and families in this very same manner. We were ultimately successful
in defeating Goals 2000. However, it has returned, this time under
the name of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

We now have an opportunity to voice our opposition to the Common Core
State Standards Initiative. The draft k-12 common core state
standards were released on March 10, 2010, and the comment period for
people and groups to express their position on this draft ends on
Friday, April 2, 2010. We encourage you to go to the Initiative's web
page, read these standards, and leave a comment about the standards
specifically or national standards in general. You can visit the
Initiative's web page here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7973

We will continue to provide updates on the Common Core State Standards
Initiative, as well as actively opposing attempts to create national
standards through this initiative.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

Further Reading:

HSLDA's Federal Relations Department: "The Danger of National
Standards"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7974

HSLDA's Federal Relations Department: "Is Congress Moving Toward
Nationalized Standards?"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7975

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