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.

Article: “Former Teacher Blasts Common Core”

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The Green River Star printed an article on the front page of the paper that was published on November 1st. It gave a brief report on the presentation I gave in Rock Springs last week called, Common Core: What They Are NOT Telling You! I hope that you have the opportunity to read it. It is titled, Former Teacher Blasts Common Core, and can be read here.

I would like to  thank David Martin, editor at the Green River Star, for attending my presentation last week and reporting on my presentation in an unbiased manner.

There were a few things that were reported incorrectly that I’d like to correct. .

James Milgram was actually on the Common Core “Validation Committee” that was created to put their stamp of approval on CC.  Also, it is the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), NOT the AASA (as stated in the article), a group of superintendents that hold the copyright to the standards. The CCSSO, or “Superintendents’ Club”, as I’ve heard it referred to, is a private group with no accountability to voters. This makes it in-valid and un-American, as far as governance goes.

The CCSSO has a stated mission: to disaggregate student data. Disaggregate means to take away anonymity.    It stated on their website that one of  their goals is to disaggregate (personally identify) the data that will be collected on students.  Here is a link to the information on their website stating they have goals to change how data is used and shared.

I am grateful for the unbiased reporting and hope that this will help spark the interest of those in our communities as to allow them to learn more about what changes are happening to our local schools.

I will continue doing several presentations around our county.  I have recently been asked to speak to a group of concerned citizens in Teton County in Jackson on the 16th.   I will also be speaking with the Conservative Woman’s Group with several others that have been researching all the pieces that the Common Core State Standards Initiative brings with it.