Post updated: 2/27/14
I got an email alerting me that “In another Facebook group there are a few women in there who keep bashing EP because the resources are supposedly aligning with Common Core.” I’ve also been told that my name is being used in anti-Common Core groups saying that I am “spreading poison.” I have read lies that people have been spreading about what I include in the curriculum.
I’m against the Common Core in general. This curriculum is not aligned with CC. Those speaking against me are saying this because there are resources on EP that are aligned to the Common Core curriculum, specifically sites such as Khan Academy and Georgia Virtual Learning. Every academic site meets some of the CC standards. If you teach your child to read, you are meeting a standard. If you teach your child to add, you are meeting a standard. If you allow your child to listen to an alphabet song on Starfall.com, he or she is playing with “aligned” curriculum. I use Khan Academy in one of my math courses. That course is the same course it was from before Khan Academy aligned their curriculum with the CC. When Khan changed something, I just added in a different resource.
Just please know that I am against these standards in terms of the government trying to dictate what our children learn and trying to mold our children’s worldview. I want to mold my children myself to have a biblical worldview. I do link to a billion sites, as you know. I know that some of them are aligned to those standards, but I linked to specific pages for specific purposes. Two plus two still equals four even if it’s on a school website aligned to the CC.
My own children use Easy Peasy and I want them learning TRUTH. I have been working on the high school site. I am very aware of all this as I decide on content. I do use sites that are aligned to the CC. In one course I show the students propaganda in course materials. In another course students are shown two opposing historical viewpoints. This is not spreading poison. It’s teaching truth. It’s helping our kids be innocent as doves but shrewd as snakes.
So hopefully I’m clear. If you hear “bashing” of EP, please don’t allow them to scare you. Think and choose for yourself. If you decide that you won’t use any website that is aligned with CC, then EP is not for you. If you do use EP and ever come across specific content that I use that you think is questionable, please contact me and it will be looked into right away. We have thousands of eyes and ears that can work together to protect our children.