Fourth grade student sounds off on state testing
This video provides evidence of what parents don’t know about what goes on behind closed doors in their local government run schools. While some parents may watch this video and say, “this can’t be happening in my kid’s school,” recognize that no school is exempt. Is this what we want for our children?
Parents, you should know that when you send your children to school, the government views them as belonging to whole communities, not to you.
because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your
responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children, so part of it is we
have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to
their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s
responsibility and not just the households…then we start making better investments.
The Fordham Institute, an organization that fiercely defends all things Common Core, maintains that parents HAVE NO RIGHT to opt their students out of testing. Fordham claims that parents may decide if they want their child to attend public or private school or can choose to homeschool them. Then Fordham proclaims, “But when [parents] expect the state to educate their children at public expense,THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT to know whether those children are learning anything… whether taxpayers are getting a decent ROI (return on investment) from the schools they’re paying for, and whether their community, their state, their society will be economically competitive and civically whole in the future as a result of an adequately educated populace.”
Continuing its comments aimed at parents who wish to decide what is best for their children, the Fordham Institute claims opting out is “not a legitimate form of civil disobedience. And it’s probably not legal, either.” They suggest to parents: “If you really find state tests odious, put your money and time where your mouth is — and stop asking taxpayers to educate your children.”
Parents who protest what their children are being taught are finding themselves arrested.