Should Homeschoolers Fear
In;my;last;column,;I;began;a;two-part series;examining;federal;control;of;ed- ucation;policy;;in;particular,;the;Com- mon Core State Standards (CCSS)
power, and outlined why education has al-ways;been;a;power;belonging;to;the;states.
certain the states would coalesce around
Almost every state responded and adopted the CCSS in record time.
The College Admissions Problem
the Top” and the CCSS as yet another
effort to create a national curriculum.
schools—a situation that appears more
and more likely1—why should home-
homeschool advocates have raised three
will evaluate below.
First—and least persuasive—CCSS opponents assert that a national curriculum
will disadvantage homeschoolers who
students and penalize those who stray
their;kids’;transcripts;with;the;CCSS,;ad-missions officers might conclude these
way these homeschool advocates fear.
Also, if the CCSS becomes a de facto
nationalized curriculum, some future
homeschool transcripts will undoubt-
is plausible. But will the CCSS truly cause
homeschoolers to lose credibility with
be worse than the reality.
Today, it is well documented that
homeschooled students, as a group,
outperform their public and private-schooled counterparts on college en-trance;exams;and;during;their;first;year
3 For those reasons, any col-lege;admissions;office;worth;its;salt;will
under the CCSS are as bad as some claim,
homeschoolers;of;the;future;might;in-creasingly outperform their peers in
In addition, college admissions of-
ficers have already been adapting to
homeschool transcripts that often
Antony Barone Kolenc