AR Reading Is Garbage and Common Core Is a Joke

Yesterday I gained some personal insight into AR Reading and Common Core math.

It wasn’t pretty.

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For an excellent documentary on the Common Core method, I highly recommend Escaping Common Core.

Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

10 thoughts on “AR Reading Is Garbage and Common Core Is a Joke”

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  1. Thank you for this video, I shared it to my Facebook profile! I agree with you, and that is why I pulled my kids out of public school 3 years ago and now homeschool them (4 girls). They are learning so much better and are at much higher reading levels than their public school friends. It’s truly sad what is going on in public schools nowadays……

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  2. Ugh—Accelerated Reader! My son’s kindergarten teacher (and his first grade) told us he had reading comprehension issues because he wasn’t testing well. Then they would send him home with these gawd-awful books that he had no interest in. The system is broken. They are trying to get everyone to the same level and end up crippling the kids instead. My son, by the way, when he was six was reading Shel Silverstein to himself and having a good laugh. Thank goodness my husband and I are able to homeschool…

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  3. It makes me want to cry. This is why I created lessons and activities that encourage discussion between teachers and students and encourage students to think. How appalling for children to not be allowed to read at home. I’d be defying that crazy rule. And I agree with you that so much of what is done in maths doesn’t make it clear for kids. Maths is logical. Why don’t we teach them that? Good on you for having a say. We need more advocates for children’s learning.

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