Florida school children who received straight A’s during their exams are being punished by their school for refusing to take part in Common Core assessments.
Parents who opted their children out of a set of standardised Common Core tests at the end of the year were told by a school in Orlando that their kids were going to be held back a grade as punishment, despite the fact that they were considered top of their class.
Via The Orlando Sentinel:
The parents, part of the “opt out” movement opposed to high-stakes testing, are furious.
They are convinced school districts are not following state law and are instead retaliating against families who refused to take part in the Florida Standards Assessments. They did so as an act of civil disobedience to protest what they view as the state’s over-reliance on an unproven standardized test.
“There’s no reason for a third grader with straight As to be retained,” said parent Rhonda Nickerson, whose 9-year-old daughter may be barred from fourth grade at a Seminole County elementary school. “What are they going to do with her in third grade again?”
Rhonda’s daughter’s report card shows straight A’s but also reads “Student Retained in Grade 3.” Makes sense right? What is the goal of school again? Sounds like she’s being set up to get in trouble out of boredom for a year, then be labeled in her permanent file as one of those smart troublemaker throwaway kids for the rest of her public education career.
“It’s force by the government as government grows incredibly large and far more dangerous,” the Independent Sentinel reports.
Florida is not the only state penalizing kids for not taking unproven standardized government tests.
WND reports that at least a dozen students in Greenville, South Carolina were officially disciplined for “refusal to obey” because they would not take the new standardized ACT test.
Parents told the newspaper their kids were pressured by school officials – in front of their classmates – to take the tests. When they refused, they were removed from class and taken to another room, where the principal again pressured them.
Ultimately, they were accused in an official discipline referral of “refusal to obey,” the parents told the newspaper.
Refusal to obey. Wow. Is the ACT even required unless a student is going to go to college? The school must be getting some kind of kickback.
The biggest argument against what many parents see as the excessive standardized testing that has been put in place nationally ever since No Child Left Behind began is that these tests are high-stakes for the children and the teachers and, ultimately, unproven.
Simply put, these tests are not “evidence-based.” Neither is Common Core.
The whole thing is a giant social engineering experiment which treats American students like lab rats. As previously reported, some kids have gotten so stressed out over these high-stakes, mind-melting tests that they literally wet themselves and throw up while having to take them.
Independent journalist Dave Hodges summed Common Core up nicely:
Common Core is a simply a regurgitation of Bloom’s Taxonomy combined with some very clever propaganda interwoven into the fabric of every course which embraces social justice, collectivism, the eventual deindustrialization of America through the acceptance of climate change theories, and the resulting carbon taxes and cap and trade policies which will follow.
For the people at the top who put such a system in place, it is working to create generation after generation of just the kind of gullible, obedient citizens an authoritarian system wants to control.
Just look around. Our public education system is producing a nation of politically correct whiners who shrink from critical thought, trusting everything their government and mainstream media tells them, and crying for microaggression-free safe spaces at the slightest hint that someone disagrees with their politically correct position on anything.
The public education system in this country is doing exactly what it is meant to do… adjust children to accept a maladjusted society, no questions asked.
As professor Patrick Deneen wrote:
We have fallen into the bad and unquestioned habit of thinking that our educational system is broken, but it is working on all cylinders. What our educational system aims to produce is cultural amnesia, a wholesale lack of curiosity, history-less free agents, and educational goals composed of content-free processes and unexamined buzz-words like “critical thinking,” “diversity,” “ways of knowing,” “social justice,” and “cultural competence.”
Our education system produces solipsistic, self-contained selves whose only public commitment is an absence of commitment to a public, a common culture, a shared history. They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions.
They won’t fight against anyone, because that’s not seemly, but they won’t fight for anyone or anything either…