Release Date: October 1, 2014


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.

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.

Featuring 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, and Ze’ev Wurman.

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: 120 minutes