The Education Reform Movement has taken on various life forms. The easiest way people relate to it is by lumping it in with Common Core. While Common Core is a good moniker for referring to a central curriculum, the truth is that it has evolved into much more than just what you think of as Common Core.
There are now three general sets of standards now in the move to nationalize or “federalize” our education system. They are College and Career Readiness, Common Core and the ACT/College Board standards. They are relatively the same concepts, in that they “integrate” subject matter into fewer “core” subjects and they focus on concepts, rather than factual based learning. The intent is to alter the way your children think, through their attitudes, behaviors and beliefs, rather than to provide them true Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (History, English/Language Arts.)
This page links articles that have helped me to understand the link between Common Core and whatever they are calling it these days, they history of how we got here and hopefully we will start to learn how we get away from here. There are a number of good sources of information. Once I get them all posted, I will sequence them so as to help you follow the trail in a more logical, thoughtful order.
These articles, quotes, videos, etc are from public blogs or newssites and were not written or in any way authored by me. I simply use them for reference in order to understand the bigger picture of what is occurring in education.