J.D. Tuccille on How Common Core Standards Threaten Education Choice
When it was time to pick an education strategy for their son, J.D Tuccille and his wife were pretty lucky. Even though the local district public schools are mediocre at best, they had a good selection of charter schools representing a range of education philosophies, a decent Catholic school, and an international baccalaureate school launched by the district to compete with the charters. They also have homeschooling in all of its various flavors, unburdened in Arizona by much in the way of red tape. That's a decent menu from which to choose, in a rural area or anywhere. Except, writes J.D. Tuccille, much of that menu is at risk of being homogenized and standardized under pressure from new Common Core standards.