I say this isn’t a review, because I’m not even finished with the book yet, nor am I commentating on whether it’s a phenomenal book in general or not. I find it informative and interesting, but you can form your own opinion. But I think that any parent who is having issues with the Common Core Education standards should have an opportunity to take a look at this book, and read up on it.
I’ve been reading Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education, by Glenn Beck. Now, not everyone out there likes Beck, and I understand that. Personally, I think talk radio is very informative but I prefer to READ when I want to learn about something. So, I’m more likely to read a transcript of a radio show, if I want to know what’s up. I’m just telling you this because I know some people may immediately come back with their opinions of Glenn Beck, and quite frankly, I’m not interested.
What I am interested in is Common Core, and how it’s affecting American children, and how did it come to be a standard in the first place? If you don’t pick up Beck’s book, you should look for another book on the subject, and find out why you and your children are yanking your hair out trying to learn math in a totally scrambled way.
Since I’m reading a Kindle version, I’m not sure how to give you the page number, but I’m reading Chapter 12 right now, which is called “Common Core is “State Led”” and it’s 25% of the way through the book. It is especially interesting to know that the 2009 stimulus plan had earmarks to help “encourage” states to join Common Core, as well as to give them waivers for “No Child Left Behind”. But who voted on it? This says that our unelected state school board members were the ones that chose to adopt it, state by state. And when I say “encouraged”, I mean that federal money was waived under their noses in order to get them to do it.
I bookmarked a page that quotes former Texas education commissioner Robert Scott, who explains why Texas did not give in and use Common Core. Does anyone else think it’s odd that he was asked to sign off on the standards, before they were even written, even when he needed to consult with the Texas legislature and other Texas teachers? Those standards were written “behind closed doors” and he was not allowed to view them beforehand.
You may want more details on what the book talks about, but I think everyone can do their own research and decide if the book’s for you. Just telling a bit about it, and you can take it from there. : )
I am sharing this recommendation because I’ve read enough tweets and heard enough complaints about Common Core, in person and online, to know that people are asking where these standards came from, and why are American children being required to follow them. So, if you’re frustrated with Common Core, it pays to study up on how it got into schools. But again, I haven’t finished the book yet, and I may not even agree with everything Beck says about everything (in the book or elsewhere). That’s okay. You can learn from this one, and expand on your knowledge elsewhere. It’s a place to start, wouldn’t you say?
P.S. I was not asked by anyone else to write about this book, I just wanted to share in case there’s a parent somewhere who is interested to learn more about the subject.