The “Opt-out” movement took shape as it moved across New York State increasing from last year’s participation.
Supporters of the movement point out that many more have opted out of high stakes testing by sending their children to private schools that do not administer standardized tests and they are correct.
Parents who can afford an excellent education for their children do. Every parent who could afford an excellent education for their child would.
Parents who cannot afford an excellent education for their children are now becoming aware of the inequities within the current system of education.
The fact is, wealthy children have always been educated differently than the “average” American child.
Wealthy children are educated to be leaders while the “average” American child is trained to be a worker.
Wealthy children are supported in expressing their gifts and talents and offered opportunities to explore their world, ask questions, and think critically about the problems with which they are presented.
The “average” American student is classified according to their disability, possibly drugged due to their excessive energy, made to sit and prepare for tests that are meaningless to their educational success, and finally placed on a track that leads them to “college or career” or prison.
The “average” American student is not allowed to explore their gifts and talents. The “average” American student is not allowed to gain the self-confidence necessary to become a leader by developing their gifts and talents. The “average” American student no longer has to speak English properly or write in cursive because the “average” American classroom is supposed to prepare our children for the 21st Century work force.
All of America’s children deserve a free and public, “EXCELLENT” education that discovers, develops, and directs their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens of this nation.
All of America’s children deserve a developmentally appropriate, child-centered, experiential education that is founded in the Arts and delivered by knowledgeable, dedicated adults in a safe nurturing environment that acknowledges and respects the culture and contributions of everyone in the learning environment.
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