Across New York State parents have opted their children out of Common Core State tests.
Urban parents joined suburban and rural parents in an unprecedented act of civil disobedience about which the Times Union Plus reported, “As of late Friday afternoon with 64 percent of the school districts in the state canvassed, the group had recorded in excess of 177,000 ”opt-outs.””
In a video interview by Laura Flanders of “Truthout“, of Jesse Hagopian a history teacher and the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School in Seattle, Hagopian is quoted as saying, “a man named Carl Brigham was one of the men who developed [those] IQ tests. He taught at Princeton University and then he developed the SAT test. Brigham was an open eugenicist, a white supremacist whose whole premise of these tests were about ranking and sorting the races to prove that white men were smarter than women, were smarter than immigrants, were smarter than African-Americans.”
It has been said that no one knows how to fix the current system of education but everyone knows that it isn’t working.
The answer is simple, change the language, change the system.
When we change the language of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of All of America’s children there will no longer be a need to segregate out or discriminate against any person.
When we provide every child in America with an excellent education that is developmentally appropriate, founded in the Arts, experiential, and delivered by dedicated, knowledgeable,caring adults in safe, neighborhood school communities where the diverse cultures of the community are acknowledged, respected, and shared, so that everyone recognizes their true potential, a change will occur in the attitudes of Americans towards each other, our country, and our world.
Changing the language of education changes the intent of education. Changing the intent of education changes the direction of America towards becoming a humanitarian nation with economic strength.
Our children deserve to live in an America where their gifts and talents are more important than corporate profits.
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