I added a comment at the AT site, but I realized I needed to write more. So, I write referencing this article at American Thinker:


This is a good opportunity to aver that Common Core is NOT OK. We need to kick it out. Reach out and let our state officials know. Especially our governor and our state superintendent. It is obvious that we will soon be a society of drones, made up of those who unquestioningly comply with the state sanctioned wisdom. There will be a few of us who resist, because resistance is not futile. And there will be those who continue to sugar coat and glorify the consensus. The hive-mind mentality is taking over all aspects of science. That is a bad thing.

I know this is radical, but it was radical when Jefferson et al. first wrote it. I want the US Constitution 1st Amendment to read:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of education or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Note my slight addition.

As to Advanced Placement, remember that it really isn’t all that. Why do you go to school? To learn. Why take a test? To prove you learned. So, why take an AP test before you actually learned, just to get out of learning?

I think we have let “AP” become some sort of badge of honor or achievement, a trophy, rather than what it is, a commercial endeavour. It is advertised as saving you money. So? does it make you smarter? No. Does it look impressive on your job application? Perhaps a little, but the market is saturated with AP and school rankings and the like. We all know it doesn’t really help much. It is not the sort of thing that will give you an edge over an otherwise equal competitor.

College courses are good. At least, you usually get more out of them than you put in to them. We should not avoid courses for the lone reason of cost. I had a professor who repeated this often, “College students are the only consumers who desire to be cheated. They are even proud to be cheated. They pay for courses and lectures from the best minds in the field, then they cut class, and act like they got one over on the university.”

Even at today’s inflated prices, most college education is a good value. Of course, I’ve become convinced that many would be better served with something other than a degree. Follow your heart. If it really needs the degree, go get it, and don’t worry about how long it takes, and don’t worry about advanced placement.

Here is a last kicker for homeschool families. From the College Board web site: “Because parents and students cannot order exams directly, the AP Program encourages schools to assist homeschooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP courses and exams.”

That is the sort of thing parents despise. School administrates tend to dislike it too. There are extra duties and details associated with such. More problems arise, usually minor, but requiring resolution none the less. Many home schooling families realize the importance of their local school community, and these families keep ties and communications open. This is good. Everyone benefits. Of course, there are always the last minute problems, and there are always those who want to demand some certain perceived right, or right some perceived slight, but coercion is always bad, all in its own right.

So, if a home schooling parent, or the home schooled student, sees AP as something worthwhile, get ahead of the game, and communicate and cooperate. Ask questions, and ask for help. Of course, accepting help obligates. Either help in return, or be prepared to be regulated.

Regulation, to me, is the greatest danger of Common Core and all things College Board (and AP). Be wary.