Detail For Show: A Case Against Common Core

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Common Core is federal education. It is a nationalized education program that 45 states adopted, basically sight-unseen, while they were desperate to grab hold of Obama’s “Race to the Top” dollars Liberals and conservatives alike are critical of Common Core, which offers zero innovation, lower educational standards and is a completely untested theoretical program on our children.

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In "A Case Against Common Core," you will hear from Carroll Conley, executive director for the Maine Christian Civic League who served as moderator for the panel which included Amanda Clark from The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Steven Robinson from The Maine Wire and Melissa Weisberg from the Maine Christian Civic League.

Common Core State Standards do far more than "set the bar." States which adopt Common Core must belong to one of two testing consortia, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) or SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), the consortium to which Maine belongs. The U.S. Department of Education has given $362 million to these two national testing consortia to develop assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

The standards themselves were developed by two national trade organizations, the National Governors Association and the Chief Council of State School Officers. These national roots, combined with the national development of assessments aligned with those standards, beg for the natural insertion of an aligned national curriculum in the future.

The panel members elaborate on these points and address the standards' historical development, sub-par quality, and their likelihood to affect homeschooling families and private school children.

Starting with this school year, 2013 to 2014, all Maine's public school classrooms must comply with the Common Core State Standards.

Type of Show: Specials

Target Viewing Market: National (US)

State of Production and/or Target State or Province: Maine

Frequency of Episodes: One time show

Show Producer: Outdoor Educational Services

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