Barack Obama has worked hard with the Department of Education to make sure that America’s public school system concentrates on training your kids to be good socialists when they grow up, rather than educate them.
Part of that effort was the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the push for Common Core standards to be adopted by every state. Among the provisions of both are a series of standardized tests that many teachers and students believe to be a complete waste of valuable teaching time in the classroom.
In Florida last year, fourth grader Sydney Smoot, delivered one of the most eloquent and rational speeches about the problems with the standardized testing in Florida:
“This testing looks at me as a number. One test defines me as either a failure or a success through a numbered rubric. One test at the end of the year that the teacher or myself will not even see the grade until after the school year is already over. I do not feel that all this FSA testing is accurate to tell how successful I am. It doesn’t take in account all of my knowledge and abilities, just a small percentage.”
“First of all, I do not feel good about a form in the FSA that you have to sign assuring you can’t even discuss the test with your parents,” she said. “I have the right to talk to my parents about any and everything related to school and my education.”
“Second, why am I being forced to take a test that hasn’t even been tested on students here in Florida? So how could it be accurate and valid on what I know? Why are [we] taking most of the year stressing and prepping for one test at the end of the year when we should be taking tests throughout the year that really measure our abilities?”
“My opinion is we should take a test at the beginning of the year, middle and end of the school year to accurately measure what we know. Third, the stress and pressure this testing puts on me and I’m sure most students is not healthy.”
“Why should we have so much stress about one test when we should be learning and having fun in school? … Fun things such as recess are being eliminated because of all the training for the test!”
She ended by telling the school board to stop standardized testing and then encouraging everyone else to contact the governor and tell him to stop the standardized testing in Florida’s schools.
Sydney Smoot received a standing ovation from everyone in attendance as she finished her speech and returned to her seat.
As more and more parents learn about the standardized tests, they are opting their kids out of having to take them. As more parents opted their kids out of taking the standardized tests, some schools began retaliating against those students by suspending them for opting out of the standardized tests. One reason for such drastic and unwarranted action is that part of their federal money is based upon the number of students taking the standardized tests. Another reason is that they want to make sure your kids grow up to be good loyal socialists that are completely dedicated to the government for everything.
However, Obama’s Secretary of Education, John King Jr. is taking action to make sure students don’t opt out of the standardized tests. He has proposed an amendment to the Every Student Succeeds Act that not only defies part of the act, but it intended to punish schools that allow students to opt out of the standardized tests.
Incidentally, the Every Student Succeeds Act calls for giving states more control over their own education departments and districts. However, if approved, King’s amendment will do just the opposite.
King’s amendment would require every state department of education to give the lowest performance level rating possible to any school with at least 95% of the students not taking the standardized tests.
The proposed amendment is not setting well with many school districts. Julie Killian, a Councilman in Rye City, New York and a candidate for the New York state senate, responded to King’s proposal, saying:
“This is the federal government and the Department of Education using schools as sticks to bully parents way from exercising their legal rights.”
“This designation of ‘in need of improvement’ would be catastrophic for our schools.”
Phil Oliva, a political consultant from Somers, NY and the Republican challenger to incumbent US Rep Sean Maloney, also commented about King’s proposed amendment, saying:
“It would damage our schools’ reputation and send property values plummeting.”
Rep John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Committee on Education also had harsh words for King’s proposal, saying in a released statement:
“The Every Student Succeeds Act is based on the principle that state and local leaders can run their K-12 schools better than Washington bureaucrats. The law represents the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to provide every child in every school an excellent education. We will not allow the administration to destroy that opportunity by substituting its will for the will of Congress and for the will of our state and local education leaders. …
“We will continue to use the tools at our disposal to ensure the letter and intent of the law are strictly followed. Our nation’s parents, teachers, and students deserve nothing less.”
No matter where you look, Obama’s administration has worked hard to destroy the 10th Amendment Rights of state power and all parental and local authority and his Education Nazi John King is a prime example. Congress gave power back to the states and now King is trying to threaten state education departments with severe regulations and punishments for not playing the federal socialist game.
The liberal socialists know that if they can have your kids for 6-8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 9 months a year for 12 years that they can sufficiently brainwash them to hate their parents, hate anything Christian or moral or patriotic and emerge from the public school system as loyal socialists which will change the look of America forever. Which is why I can’t urge parents strongly enough to do everything possible to keep your kids out of public school. If you have no choice, then be involved with your kids’ education. Pay attention to what they are being taught and make your voice and objections heard. Your child’s future and the future of America depends on you stopping the brainwashing of public schools.