Switched on Schoolhouse and Alpha Omega Products and Common Core

With the new year approaching, some may be concerned about finding a curriculum  for their students that is not being altered to the new common core standards. I just found out that Alpha Omega Publications will NOT be changing their curriculum, the Language and Math subjects will stay the same!

Here is their statement on their website:

Alpha Omega Publications – Common Core Statement

“Alpha Omega Publications is committed to upholding Christian values in all of our curriculum. As it pertains to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math, we want our customers to know that our curriculum has not changed. Our English Language Arts and Math courses within Monarch, Switched-On Schoolhouse, LIFEPAC, Horizons, and The Weaver Curriculum are available to you as they have always been, and we assure you that they have not been altered in any way to align to the Common Core standards.

No matter the developments related to the Common Core, Alpha Omega Publications is dedicated to providing our customers with quality Christian curriculum. We have and will remain true to our vision to change education for the glory of God.”

You can review this statement for yourself at: https://www.aophomeschooling.com/common-core-statement

Since I have used their curriculum mainly in Switched on Schoolhouse, our family has been very pleased with the academic standards.  From what I understand their subjects and content is college-level!

 

New Common Core Standard “extremely serious failings”

For those who may not have heard or know much about the new “Common Core Standards” for education, this Stanford Professor has called into question the problems many of the students will have!

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STANFORD PROF WORRIED NEW “COMMON CORE” CURRICULUM CONTAINS “EXTREMELY SERIOUS FAILINGS” FOR AMERICA’S STUDENTS

Aimee Herd : Sep 5, 2013 : Perry Chiaramonte – FOX News

“With the new math standard in the Common Core, there are no longer absolute truths. So 3 times 4 can now equal 11 so long as a student can effectively explain how they reached that answer.” -Glyn Wright

students With the implementation of the new Common Core curricula in America’s public schools, the case for private and homeschooling options may be stronger than ever.

When the Stanford professor tapped to provide input on the math portions refuses to sign off on it because its content is so severely lacking, it’s time to take a closer look.

The course of study in question—the Common Core State Standards initiative—was formulated by governors throughout the country, and backed by the Obama administration. Its purpose is to provide a “uniform standard for grades K-12” so all children in America can reach the same minimum level of learning, according to the FOX News report.

However, some warn that the literary classics have practically been dropped from the English section, and the math employs a kind of “anything goes” approach to answers known as “investigative math.”

The only mathematician included on the Common Core Validation Committee, according to the FOX News report, was Stanford Prof. James Milgram.

students Prof. Milgram would not sign off on the math standards, citing the input from other sources which seemed to dumb-down the standards so much that there were a “number of extremely serious failings” within the curriculum.

“A number of these sources were mainly focused on things like making the standards as non-challenging as possible,” said Milgram. “Others were focused on making sure their favorite topics were present, and handled in the way they liked.”

The Eagle Forum‘s Glyn Wright explained that “With the new math standard in the Common Core, there are no longer absolute truths. So 3 times 4 can now equal 11 so long as a student can effectively explain how they reached that answer.”

One of those supporting the curriculum, Linda Gojak—with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics—disagreed with the objections, stating that the Common Core math learning process could actually encourage critical thinking.

“The assessment is that it is more about kids making sense of what they are learning instead of memorizing a step-by-step process,” said Gojak.

Ironically—and perhaps it’s just me—the best I ever did in math is when I had a teacher who taught things “old-school,” emphasizing memorization and the rules of computation.

At any rate, parents of students attending schools using the Common Core Curriculum may want to be ready to at least supplement their child’s learning at home.

Read about some of the other aspects of Common Core by clicking Here.

Common Core State Standards

I received an email about the new state law requirement regarding the new “Common Core State Standards” that are being considered and possibly implemented into our children’s education.  Whether you are homeschooling or your children attend public school these “new” standards will not become part of their education.  While the information below is for the state of Missouri please look up how it will impact where you live.

Please be informed and aware of what your children are learning:

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Hello all and good morning,

I also have been watching this closely as I was heavily involved with the OBE push quite a few years back, and once I figured out what it was, I no longer supported it.

 Attached is a FAQ created by the state of Missouri about Common Core so you can go to this meeting informed to the state’s position on the matter.

 Notice on page 7, there is this statement:

 How will the Common Core State Standards impact private and parochial schools and families that home school their children?

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by the State Board of Education for all public schools, including charter schools, in Missouri. Private and parochial schools or families that are home schooling are not required to follow the CCSS. However, some private schools have announced plans to voluntarily adopt the CCSS.

 The official Missouri Common Core page can be found here:

 http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/Common_Core.html

 Remember that once implemented, laws can always be changed to require everyone to adopt these standards, and of course if adopted, there must be state testing of teachers (us), and students to make sure we are adhering to the new common core state standards.

This is a website that contains different lists of publishers who have decided to align (or not align) with Common Core: http://www.theeducationalfreedomcoalition.org/. 

From what I understand, the SAT and ACT are being aligned to the standards, so even if homeschoolers remain “exempt,” we will have to deal with this if our children decide to attend college.

I agree that it is wise to research the new system and its implications for your family, and if you feel led, it might be worth contacting your state legislator. Some states have opted not to adopt the new standards, and other states’ legislatures are considering whether or not to put a halt to Common Core’s implementation in their state.