So, one of my friends comes up to me a couple of days ago in the hallway. She hands me the petition back. I ask her, “Are they going to do anything about it?” And guess what her answer was:
No. We had a petition of students with 207 signatures on it, and (to their credit) it was the first thing that the committee talked about at their meeting, but they’re not going to change it at all.
So, what we figure right now is that either we run the petition through again and see if we get different results a second time, or we find something else to try.
What does everyone reading this think we can do here? Really, if you have an idea, please do comment.
Well, thanks for tuning in for this episode of “How Many Times Do We Have To Say This Before Someone Will Listen”! See you next time, on N.C. Ed. Network.
Sorry to be so brief in this posting. Like many of our readers I am a full time worker and a parent. Days are long and I am typing this out at 12:15 AM. I wanted to type out the whole story about the end result of Zoe refusing to take the EOG’s last year and how it affected things….but the following letter I just wrote should fill in most of the details.
I wrote the following letter to Tammy Howard, NCDPI’s Director of Accountability Services today….
Good morning Ms. Tammy Howard,
- who made the decision to run the test as if it was taken…is this policy?
- is there no testing provision yet made to illustrate “refused to take test”?
- who in our state is the person who literally made the law that says every child must be tested?
- now that my daughter was given a “1”, in error, how will this mistake be repaired on her record?
- she is not taking the test again this year…what will happen then? Will it be given a “1” again?
Here are two videos from L.A.
My favorite part of the fists one is the end of number 45, at about 7:30:00.
Favorite part of this next one: about 5:34:20, Steven Zimmer talks passionately about class sizes and such.
However, those are only very small parts of both videos; all of both are still absolutely worth watching!
Bah…it’s late and I am sleepy. Zoe, Quinn and I worked hard on this video outlining what our sense of things is after researching the Parent Trigger as applied in the state of CA. We read through reams of online pages. And honestly, there are many sides to this issue…ahem…to this “law”. It can be applied in ways that make sense. But what the heck are corporations doing enacting laws regarding education. If there isn’t a profit to be gleaned, by the very definition of Return On Investment (ROI), no corporation is going to support this kind of law without an expected return. The ROI here is to turn your children, my children, our children into one of these:
Children who legally must attend school are not a revenue stream for a public school. The money that goes with each child to their school in the form of taxes barely covers costs because of what politician’s and elected officials do with it. But for a corporation, for a corporate charter school system…children become a source of revenue. A guaranteed source of revenue for 12 years per child. Corporate America, it isn’t just for selling stuff anymore…now education is business. How do you encourage parents to ‘see the light’ and put their children into a charter school run by a corporation? One way is to put corporate money into a front that appears to be all about parental rights, while all along you are just getting them to help your company open up the schoolhouse doors for guaranteed revenue. When we looked at the website for Parent Revolution and Parent Trigger we were all scratching our heads. We were sitting there reading it and just flabbergasted. It is so transparent that it makes no sense that anyone would believe it, let alone be duped into actually trusting it. It’s a crazy world out there folks.
Around 2 days ago, we learned of another case of exactly what had happened to me (Zoe) when I tried to opt out, also in North Carolina. The girl in question was taken out of school because her principal told her that as long as she was in school, they had to test her; same story. About a minute or two ago, I sent an email to this girl’s mother about what I did and how to get out of it relatively cleanly. Below is the email, of course with the names taken out.
Also, and this is Zoe here, it doesn’t matter what the principal says. My principal also said that she would be required to test me. You know what I didn’t do? Care. What the school actually is required to do is give your daughter the test. ********, however, is not required to take it.
The thing is, ******** has to be strong enough in her beliefs about not taking the test so that when she is given the test, because she will be given the test, she can just sit there and not touch it. That is what I did. I was given the test, all right. There is no way that I know of to get out of that one. However, I wouldn’t touch it. I just sat there and wouldn’t even lift my pencil.
It doesn’t matter what the principal says she’ll do. ******** just has to be certain about what she’ll do when given that test.
Thanks and good luck,
It’s true. It doesn’t matter what the principal says they’ll do. It just matters that you know what you’ll do when given that test.
Plainly and simply I just want to encourage people to read this…
It is from Utah. Put together by these FOLKS. Why read it if you are not from Utah? It is chock full of incredible information about what is happening with the Common Core…how it originated. All of the answers to many of your questions can be found here. It is Utah specific in some spots. But really the overall agenda is a national one and it is made clear in this pamphlet written for Utah legislators.
Our Blue Hats are off to these men and women who are working so diligently. They are super organized!
There is one thing I want to point out though. It is a problem I have with many anti-common core movements. It is here, in this quote from the booklet…
“Representing thousands of Utahans, we implore you as legislators to try
freedom. Release school districts from education mandates and let them adopt
whatever high standards they want to set for the children in their care. It’s not
too late to protect Utah and preserve local control of education.”
The problem that I have? Too many movements are still asking for freedom instead of just reclaiming it. I hate to sound like an agitator. But when someone seeks to remove your freedom without asking you…they aren’t likely to ever give it back because you asked nicely. I asked my local school to let my daughter opt out of standardized testing that was Common Core aligned and they said we were breaking the law. I asked nicely more than once…they said no. Finally…we just behaved within our freedoms, our moral freedoms, and they had to concede. Gandhi didn’t ask for Britain to leave India alone. Martin Luther King Jr, didn’t say “please”. These men led people towards retaking their rightful freedoms and without untold numbers of people being willing to stand up for what was right and not what was “legal”….nothing would have ever changed. We have a moral imperative to behave in a way that is ethical, peaceful…and that protects the education of our children. Asking permission to do so, asking for legislators to look out for us AFTER they have sold us down the river, isn’t likely to work. Parents and teachers and schools must have a coordinated, peaceful, respectful but firm complete shunning of what is NOT working and damn the protests and lamentations of those passing down CCSI on our schools.
Taking back our schools isn’t defiant of us. It is just returning things to how they were before they began trying to control everything. What we need, is a new way to stage protests and actions where teachers will not lose their jobs for teaching in ways that are appropriate, creative, and educationally rich. To be clear, I do find merit in asking and going through appropriate channels. But at this late stage in the game, a whole new field is required before all is lost. That is my ten cents worth this evening…
(please forgive any typos…tis late and I am weary!)