Saturday, June 15, 2013
Do Not Shake Hands with #commoncore
Some days it is terribly overwhelming to read the comments of despair and desperation from parents who are trying to figure out how to help their children who are suffering from severe anxiety after being told they will be retained due to failing the state test. Many of these children must take the test multiple times and must attend summer school - even when they have passing grades on their report cards. It is because of this that I have no tolerance for any sort of compromise to the common core - because those who think the common core may have something "good" to share must understand that the common core is going to intensify this situation in ways that will fail children emotionally, intellectually and physically. It will kill their spirits. Under common core the high stakes testing will increase - it already has. I see it everywhere I turn. If you - for one second- think you can find an agreeable compromise with common core, think again. Common core will never be separated from high stakes testing and for those who think they can walk that line just remember the children who are being abused - think of them when you shake hands with common core. If you don't believe me go to our website (www.unitedoptout.com) and start reading the comments. Texas is a good place to begin. Perhaps then you will understand my rage, and the rage of parents and teachers everywhere who are fighting to end this child abuse. I am tired, truly tired, of hearing teachers advocate for the common core. Your advocacy is destroying our profession and the lives of children.