Saturday, November 16, 2013

Common Core: One Student's Statement



The Blaze

Speaking at a local school board meeting earlier this month, a Tennessee high school senior issued a brief and incredibly insightful address on the problems with Common Core standards.

Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local or state governments.

“The president essentially bribed states into implementation via ‘Race to the Top,’ offering $4.35 billion taxpayer dollars to participating states, $500 million of which went to Tennessee,” Young said. “And much like No Child Left Behind, the program promises national testing and a one-size-fits-all education, because hey, it worked so well the first time.”

“If nothing else, these standards are a glowing conflict of interest and they lack the research they allegedly received,” he added.
Young also argued that Common Core standards display a “mistrust of teachers,” a line that prompted applause from the audience

“I stand before you because I care about education, but also because I want to support my teachers,” he said. “And just as they fought for my academic achievement, so I want to fight for their ability to teach. This relationship is at the heart of instruction, yet there will never be a system by which it is accurately measured.”

The high school senior went on to argue that “standards-based education is ruining the way we teach and learn.” He also revealed that legislators and administrators have told him “that’s just the way things work.”


“I stand before you because I care about education, but also because I want to support my teachers,” he said. “And just as they fought for my academic achievement, so I want to fight for their ability to teach. This relationship is at the heart of instruction, yet there will never be a system by which it is accurately measured.”

The high school senior went on to argue that “standards-based education is ruining the way we teach and learn.” He also revealed that legislators and administrators have told him “that’s just the way things work.”








2 comments:

Bob Lundsten said...

saw this video on FOX
Was going to send it to you

Joe Seconder said...

Rick -- Maybe you've already done this (if so, please provide link). But I'd love to get a primer on the history/evolution of the US Public Education system, including both standardized testing & standardized curricula. I graduated from High School back in 1980 in Michigan. I seem to recall we didn't have very many standardized tests. I think every few years we took some type of Iowa basic skills test, but not at each grade level / every year. & then with this whole CRCT / Leave No Child Behind thing, it seems like the schools are "teaching to the test"!!?? & then I've heard that they don't really have recess anymore, PE, Music & Art classes are greatly reduced, etc... What's up???