High School kids get it!! School Boards and Legislators…Not so much!

Recently high school students have come into the for front of the anti-common core movement! What a thrill to see these young people understand something of such great importance and realize they can and should speak out. To hear, in their words, its potential affects to their future and especially to the teachers that helped foster their love of education, is powerful and encouraging!

The first is Patrick Richardson, from Arkansas, who blasted through Common Core in his power point presentations and speeches to his legislators. He did such a fabulous job putting together a website for those fighting common core in Arkansas, they asked if he would put together a PowerPoint presentation. What he created floored those that have been in this fight for sometime. I LOVE how he was not only able to present accurate and compelling evidence against common core, but also put a humorous spin on it.

This next student, Ethan Young, a high school student in Tennessee speaks eloquently in this video. It is AMAZING how much he was able to present during the brief five minutes he was given to speak. You will notice that those in the audience are teachers and hearing their applause when he slams the teacher evaluation process is encouraging. Ethan states his opinion of the teacher evaluation process, calling them,”…subjective anxiety producers [that] do more to damage a teacher’s self esteem than you realize.”

“Erroneous evaluation coupled with strategic compensation presents a punitive model that as a student is like watching your teacher jump through flaming hoops to earn a score.”

“A teacher cannot be evaluated without his students, because as a craft, teaching is an interaction. Thus, how can you gauge a teacher’s success with no control of a student’s participation or interest? I stand before you because I care about education but also because I want to support my teachers… This relationship is at the heart of instruction and there will never be a system by which it is accurately measured.”

As a teacher, I say, BRAVO!!  Take five minutes to watch this outstanding speech.


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