The war against the insanities involved in today’s standardized testing in schools is on! Superintendent Mark Manchin is threatening parents and students with suspensions for Opting Out Of Common Core Tests.
The big battle began two weeks ago when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in Chicago Tuesday that student boycotts of standardized tests are not acceptable. He threatened that if state governments don’t stop them, the federal government will.
As Rusty Weiss reports in MentalRecession.com:
Federal law, under No Child Left Behind, requires 95 percent of students in a state to take the annual standardized tests in reading and math from grades 3-8. It is a requirement which until now has never needed enforcement or consideration.
With as many as 184,000 students in New York choosing to opt out, the 95 percent threshold will not only be in jeopardy, it will be an easily missed mark.
When asked what would happen in states with such a high opt out rate, whether they would have to force consequences upon schools, parents, and students, Duncan responded “We think most states will do that.”
He added, “If states don’t do that, then we have an obligation to step in.”
Superintendent Manchin carried the message forward last week, “Parents don’t have the right to pick and choose the provisions of public education in which they feel they want to comply with.”
West Virginia House made Common Core headlines in March when their House voted 75 to 19 to repeal the State Standards that had been adopted by the WV State Board of Education in 2010.
That’s it folks, game on. the government just declared the public has no say in what goes on in your child’s life while they are in school.
Arne Duncan has declared, “…[Federal Government] would have to force consequences upon schools, parents, and students.”
The schools and districts will follow Superintendent Manchin’s message,“Parents don’t have the right to pick and choose the provisions of public education in which they feel they want to comply with.”
Think about that a moment folks.
No, Superintendent Manchin, you are absolutely positively wrong. Parents do have the right to stand up and decide when something is hurting their children. Parents do have the right to recognize something that is failing miserably and stand up and say enough. Parents do have the right to stand up and make the decision that you will not drag their children through a broken program.
Not only do they have that right, but it is your responsibility at that point to fix it. You have failed at that. You have absolutely no right to even address the parents until you are doing your job correctly.
Things have been boiling for a while. In telling other students they didn’t have to take the Common Core English test., a 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES was suspended from school as a result of
The whole of Common Core has failed. Parents are angry, children are unhappy, teachers are being micromanaged in the classroom, recess has been all but suspended…(I could go on.) and it is all being done by a system that was created with absolutely no involvement by teachers.
The Common Core was written, not by educators, but mainly by people — “like those who crate testing materials — with a financial interest in seeing these standards adopted. They were written and pushed as creating children who would be ready for “college, career, and life.””
Joy Pullmann has an outline of 10 items that Parents Hate About Common Core. It is clear, concise, and the absolute truth.
1. The Senseless, Infuriating Math
2. The Lies
3. Obliterating Parent Rights
4. Dirty Reading Assignments
5. Turning Kids Into Corporate Cogs
6. The Data Collection and Populace Management
7. Distancing Parents and Children
8. Making Little Kids Cry
9. The Arrogance
10. The Collectivism
Diane Ravitch posts a letter written by 3 Louisiana classroom Teachers Marla Baldwin, Deanna Russell, and Leslie Truax, explaining that the developmentally inappropriate standards in the early grades are failing because,
· Students are unable to master the standards according to the proscribed pacing
· Little time is given for mastery of basic math facts, with over-emphasis on visual math strategies
· They are too light on basic phonics, with over-emphasis on whole language
· Parents are alienated from helping children with their homework
· Students are exhibiting unnecessary, unhealthy levels of stress and frustration.
Leigh Curcio, a 12-year old 6th grader who loves math, tells legislators on Beacon Hill how Common Core changed his outlook on school and math in particular. He lost his interest and excitement for doing well. He’s asking them to please stop Common Core.
There is more than enough evidence on behalf of Common Core and all it’s pieces, including the tests, to give the parents of this country the full right to stand up and say “Enough is enough!”
Neither Arne Duncan, Superintendent Manchin, or any other educator gets to solely decide what our children are put through in the the school system. They need to get that message loud and clear.
5th grade teacher Amy Moore is absolutely correct:
Parents and teachers need to speak up. They need to tell administrators, school board members and politicians that they will not stand for this treatment of their children. They need to insist that superintendents bring in early childhood consultants to evaluate the programs. They need to insist on the right to opt their kids and students out of any unsuitable testing activities.
Our babies only get one shot at being little, and we can’t reverse the damage that is being done. The people imposing this on our children do not know how to teach young ones.
We need to send the loud and clear message that we do not want these instructional decisions being made by those who don’t know how to instruct beginning learners.
Tell Superintendent Manchin these are YOUR CHILDREN and your schools!
Dr. Mark A. Manchin,
Harrison County Board of Education
[email protected] 304-326-7345
Call your own superintendent! Remind them that these are your children.