The is a reposting of my weekly Da Tech Guy Column: From The Mouths Of Our Children To Ed Reformers Ears
By A.P. Dillon
In New York, the energy from the movement by parents to opt their children out of standardized testing and push back against one-size-fits-all reforms like Common Core is fueling the same fights in the rest of the states.
What is going on in New York and elsewhere is not just a fight about high-stakes tests or Common Core. These two things are only a part of a bigger question: What is the purpose of education?
Our children are answering that question.
Ryan Lotocki of Frontier High School has some answers to that question and shares some of them in the video, “This is Genius“.
Lotocki also asks a question to which Common Core is not the solution:
“What’s the point to learn?
For the thrill.
And Common Core won’t solve anything, so take a chill pill”.
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) April 1, 2015
While Lotocki is in high school in New York, a fourth grade girl named Sydney Smoot (from Jeb Bush’s Faux Education Utopia of Florida) gave a speech to a school board. This young lady’s speech about why the current FSA testing must stop was passionate, direct and the audience erupted in cheers at the end.
Also in Florida, an 8th grader tearfully spoke out about high-stakes testing (the FCAT) in the state and Common Core. Her testimony was positively heartbreaking. Parents shouted out from the audience, “this is ridiculous!” and “you can’t do this to our children!”
The video of that 8th grader closes with a few written statements, one of which reads, “And children, the future generation of our nation, are unable to live up to their full learning potential, based on a snapshot test day.”
Are you listening, Ed Reformers? Corporations? Education ‘Non-profits’?
A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder ofLadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Watchdog Wire NC