Building the Machine introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. This DVD set (the original documentary, bonus parent interviews, and six supplementary episodes) tells the Common Core’s story in the words of leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee, along with parents, teachers, and a social worker.

The Common Core is the largest systemic reform of American public education in recent history. What started as a collaboration between the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to reevaluate and nationalize America’s education standards has become one of the most controversial—and yet, unheard of—issues in the American public.

In 2010, 45 states adopted the Common Core, but according to a May 2013 Gallup Poll, 62% of Americans said they had never heard of the Common Core. Prominent groups and public figures have broken traditional party lines over the issue, leaving many wondering where they should stand.

Parents, officials, and the American public should be involved in this national decision regardless of their political persuasion.

The original documentary and supplementary episodes feature interviews with Wayne Brasler, Williamson “Bill” Evers, PhD, Michael Farris, JD, LLM, Chester Finn, Andrew Hacker, PhD, Paul Horton, Neil McCluskey, PhD, Michael McShane, PhD, Jim Milgram, PhD, Mike Petrilli, Joy Pullmann, Jim Stergios, PhD, Sandra Stotsky, EdD, Ze’ev Wurman, Kent Talbert, and Charles Glenn. The parent documentary features interviews with several parents and a licensed New York social worker.

Director: Ian Reid
Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of discs: 3
Studio: HSLDA
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2014
Run Time: 2 hours (120 minutes)

Disc 1

Disc 1
The Original Documentary

Featuring interviews from leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee, this film introduces viewers to the largest recent systemic reform of American public education—a reform with potential to impact children in private schools and homeschools.

Disc 1

Disc 2
The Parent Interviews

Journey to New York State to hear the stories of teachers, parents, and children who have been directly impacted by these standards.

Disc 1

Disc 3
The Supplementary Episodes

  • Episode 1—What’s in the ELA Standards (Part 1)
  • Episode 2—What’s in the ELA Standards (Part 2)
  • Episode 3—What’s in the Math Standards
  • Episode 4—Datamining
  • Episode 5—National Curriculum & High-stakes Testing
  • Episode 6—International Benchmarking

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