Building the Machine


Building the Machine

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Director: Ian Reid

Description: Building the Machine introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary compiles interviews from leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee. Parents, officials, and the American public should be involved in this national decision regardless of their political persuasion. 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. After a year of research and production, we present the story of the Common Core through the voices of those who know it best.

Director Bio: As Director of Film & Visual Media at the Home Schoolers Legal Defense Association, Ian Reid led the development of Building the Machine from inception and early research to final cut. His past credits include working on multiple feature films and documentaries and directing national television and online spots for numerous organizations including the Heritage Foundation, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Convention of States project. His work has taken him from the inner offices of Washington, D.C., to the glacial slopes of Mt. Rainier to the ancient corridors of old Jerusalem.

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Latest Activity: Jul 24, 2014

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Comment by Kirk Cunningham on July 24, 2014 at 9:07am

Whether an advocate or a critic, this film sounds like an excellent dialogue starter!


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