Thursday, April 03, 2014

In 2014, the courage to opt-out is finally gaining momentum.

The war against the Common Core has kept me busy.  I have been blogging at Stop Common Core in Michigan.  I kept thinking I'd get back over to cross-post but never did.

I started this blog in 2005 to fight national centralized common standards.   It is hard to believe it is 2014 and Common Core has been adopted in 45 states (with various levels of repeals pending.)    People are starting to learn more and parents are starting to opt out of testing.    In 2006, I wrote a post called "Are you Pro-testing?" 

I believed even then that protesting the tests was the only way this would ever truly be stopped.  I still do.  Bill Gates and the feds may control the purse strings but parents control the shoe strings.  Refusing the test and opting out will bring this to a halt, fast.

 It's sounds so simple. and it is; but it is not easy.  Even now, when the issue is more obvious parents still struggle with fear and intimidation from local school administrators who pressure them to take the test.  But take a look at New York.  It is testing week and nearly 6,000 students have opted out of their tests.   Their courage is an inspiration to us all.

Courage, is exactly what is needed by all parents no matter how they educate or where they live.

Do you remember Tiananmen Square of 1989? The bravery of one Chinese citizen to stand before the column of tanks halted their progress and inspired the world. We must exhibit the same courage to stand up to the federal takeover of education and centralized control of our child's future.  

We will direct our children's education not an army of educrats in the government and their battery of tests.

Parents don't have to homeschool to halt the reforms. (But it helps!). They just have to be willing to say "no" to the test just like this young man stood before the tank. I have yet to meet one parent in our area, homeschooling or not, who likes the time and emphasis spent on the exams.  Testing is a key component and very profitable part of the reforms. 

We need a Reagan moment in education,  "Parent tear up that test."

Pilots for the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments are already in piloted in many states.  Michigan hopes to replace its high school exit exam with the new assessments in 2015.   The tests are the oil that drives the engine of these reforms and the P-20 database tracking and data mining.

What will the history books record about this generation? Will they see images of parents standing in front of the tests or standing on the sidewalks as the school bus rolls on by?

1 comment:

friv 4 said...

A long time from 2005 to now. With what you said is against common standards focus countries, and now has been applied in 45 states, it is amazing.