As a homeschooling parent this obviously strikes a chord with me. The “it takes a village” presidential candidate defended Common Core and called education a “non-family enterprise.”
I think part of the reason Iowa may be more understanding of this is you have had the Iowa core for years. The U.S. had a system plus the Iowa Assessment Test. I think I’m right in saying that I took those when I was in elementary school. The Iowa tests. So that Iowa has had a testing system based on a core curriculum for a really long time. You see the value of it. You understand why that helps you organize your whole education system.
And a lot of states, unfortunately, haven’t had that. They do not understand the value of a core in the sense, a Common Core, yes, of course, you can figure out the best way in your community to try to reach — but your question is a larger one. How do we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated?
You could turn this the other way and just say that she was actually saying that family is the most important thing. OK. But she’s clearly saying that education is “non-family enterprise.” And that’s what worries me.
The funny thing is that when kids fail in schools, all everyone wants to talk about is how families are failing these kids and these schools can only deal with what they’ve been given (which I partially agree with.) But they want only credit and no blame because when families don’t like Common Core, education is said to be a “non-family enterprise” so butt out because you’re just too dumb to understand what your betters bet is better for you.
In other words, “All your children are belong to us.”