What about Common Core: does it encourage parental involvement? Many say “no,” and with good reason. As one author recently observed, “Since most parents don’t understand the Common Core techniques, students are becoming more dependent on their schools and teachers for their education, and less on help from their parents. This is like a dream come true for progressives who hope to continue to minimize the role of parents in the lives of their children.”
As the author suggests, parents who used to help with their children’s homework are increasingly unable to do so, marginalizing them from their children’s lives.
Isabel Paterson once wrote: “There can be no greater stretch of arbitrary power than is required to seize children from their parents, teach them whatever the authorities decree they should be taught, and expropriate from the parents the funds to pay for the procedure.”
Well said. Welcome to Common Core.
John Clark writes frequently on homeschooling and is the father of nine children. Reprinted with permission from Seton magazine.