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Military Families Leaving Common Core for Homeschooling

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by Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart

More military parents are choosing homeschooling as an alternative to the in-school environment, even as Common Core supporters tout supposed significant benefits of the nationalized standards particularly for these on-the-move families.

The official website of the Common Core standards cites a statement – apparently given prior to their publishing – by Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commanding general, United States Army Accessions Command, in which he said: “The rigor of the proposed academic Common Core State Standards will be a benefit to military-dependent students everywhere.”

In general, homeschooling has shown massive increases across the United States since the Common Core has been implemented, with nearly two million children in the nation, or about 3.4 percent of the school-age population, now estimated to be homeschooled, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

More military families are rejecting the notion that the Common Core standards are the cure-all for children who experience the disruptions of frequent moves and lengthy absences from parents. Those who have chosen homeschooling say the option provides not only the stability their children need but also the opportunity for far higher academic success than what they would have in public schools.

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