My daughter, who is a registered student at her local middle school, will be attending school during the MSLs on Thursday 5/16/13. She will sit in silence and/or read through the duration of the MSL.
Just like with the removal of any student, you will need to provide a pretty darn good reason for doing so. If it isn’t illness, or behavior unbecoming, or loud outbursts…I can see no reason why my very well behaved daughter will be leaving school early.
If you intend on sending her home early, I will come and pick her up as soon as you can produce a signed and notarized copy of the law that is written that says you must have her tested AND ALSO states a provision that the student can be forced to leave campus if they refuse to take the test. Before you ask me to break the law again by forcing my daughter to stay home, I am compelled to obey the law and comply with her being at school on a school day. There is, after all, a Compulsory Attendance Law. Please refer to NC GS 115C-378, which I am positive, supercedes whatever your district lawyer is adhering to.
At 11:30 at night, as a single hard working parent…I have to say that I am definitely thinking how bizarre this whole thing is. I really and truly do have better uses of my time. Yet here I am actually having to tell a Principal of a school to NOT kick my daughter out of classes. And the haunting thing about it is that I look behind the argument and catch a glimpse of something much worse. Because when you scratch under the surface of the Common Core and when you read about who created it and why it exists..and when you understand data tracking…it is no great leap to believe as well that they want us to not trust schools…they want parent’s to feel that public schools are failing them. In short, they want this argument to happen. What better way to do achieve this end then to lobby to get crap laws passed that once enforced, will set the public against public schools? Saddling beleaguered and underfunded administrations to enforce them, under threat of losing their jobs is honestly a dream come true for anyone who wants schools to fail. And NC is a right to fire state. Unions for teachers are illegal here. I don’t blame this Principal. I have to argue with her though, in some fashion, or I am not supporting my daughter. The thing I can’t fathom though, is how people can create a system that is designed to remove true education and quality learning…and get away with it.
I do know that if you are reading this and you are arguing with your local administration, just know this…it can be a good place to start, a necessary battle. But as long as we are doing battle with our schools, Pearson Publishing and poor federal governance (DOE) is escaping the much needed focus. Quality learning will only return when schools, teachers, parents and students are all on the same page in overturning the current paradigm.
When people now ask me why I am against Common Core, I like to show them pages from school texts like this one…from the 5th Grade. Please click and expand the image and read the questions. This is from a classroom…please ask yourself what import the questions mean and who would benefit from the answers. Folks…this is serious stuff they are getting away with…
The newest Common Core tests that were taken in NY?…Below are a few references that were included right there in the test packets for students, worked into the questions…writes, 8th grader, Isaiah Schrader, in New York:
The “busboy” passage in the eighth grade test I took was fictional, written about a dishwasher at a pizza restaurant. In it, the busboy neglects to notice a large puddle of root beer under a table that he clears. His irate employer notifies him about the mess, and he cleans it up. It seems alright at first glace. However, the root beer was referred to at one point as Mug™ Root Beer. It was followed by a footnote, which informed test-takers that Mug™ was a registered trademark of PepsiCo. The brand of soda, the type of soda, and, come to think of it, the exact beverage was not necessary to the development of the story, nor was it mentioned in any of the confusing and analytical questions following the passage.
Non-fictional passages in the test I took included an article about robots, where the brands IBM™, Lego®, FIFA® and Mindstorms™ popped up, each explained with a footnote. I cannot speak for all test takers, but I found the trademark references and their associated footnotes very distracting and troubling.” (Source:http://saveseattleschools.blogspot.com/2013/05/common-core-testing-creating-new.html)
I don’t know what else to say except that before any of this happened I really didn’t know anything about the Common Core, except that I didn’t feel good about teachers teaching to the test. When you look at it closely enough though, it looks back at you, and how you feel when it does, shows you something about humanity that makes you want to take a shower.
peace,Charlie and Zoe