Parents, teachers, and a social worker are interviewed in a new documentary titled The Parent Interviews, in which they describe their experiences and those of their children and students with the Common Core standards.
Published by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and filmmaker Ian Reid, the film, a follow-up to a prior documentary called Building the Machine, exposes the frustration of parents with the Common Core’s tendency to place unrealistic, non-age appropriate expectations on their young children, transforming school from a rewarding learning experience to a high stakes, high stress environment.
In a press release, Reid said:
We were really happy with the response to the Building the Machine film. Most viewers felt that it was an excellent primer on the standards and their questionable background, but many also expressed that they wanted a more in-depth look at the Common Core and how the standards have impacted parents and children. In response to those requests, we’ve put together an additional 20-minute documentary featuring parent interviews from the state of New York and six content-specific episodes that explore issues such as international benchmarking, high-stakes testing, datamining and more.
The Parent Interviews can be viewed free online from October 1-7, and is included in the complete edition of Building the Machine, available at HSLDA.