4th Grader Eloquently Rips Government Standardized Testing

Heather Callaghan, Contributor
Waking Times

Standardized testing today is nothing like it was in the 90s, and certainly like nothing before that. Today it is nonsensical and insurmountable enough to make students, teachers and parents cry. One Florida fourth grader, who could barely see over the podium as she gave a rousing speech to Hernando County School Board – just couldn’t take being a mere statistic any more.

On Mar 17, tiny nine-year-old Sydney Smoot rocked the Brooksville Elementary Schoolhouse when she boldly ripped into the new Florida Standards Assessment. She brought the Board to its feet with a standing ovation after a two-minute lambasting, complete with fitting gesticulation. Take special note about orders that the students cannot disclose what they see on the test to their parents.


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Read more about her here and here.

Coincidentally, a parallel battle wages against PARCC* testing which is a somewhat privatized form of standardized testing that unfairly gauges knowledge of newly installed Common Core curriculum. It’s an additional burden that takes 10 hours to complete. These tests are moreso hushed. So much so, that publishing company Pearson was recently caught spying on students’ social media accounts to make sure none of the Common-Core-crazy slipped out. All under the guise of “security,” of course. In actuality, these bullies really, really don’t want parents to know what’s happening.

With such an aggressive push for these tests, shrouded in secrecy from parents, and despite such an impressive backlash, it is becoming more apparent that a synthesis is about to take place where everyone loses. Everyone but the State and Common Core pushers who are poised to pull back just a little and by doing so, get what they really wanted all along.

*PARCC = Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a coalition of states

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Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.

**This article was featured at Activist Post.**

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  • One of the most successful educational techniques is practiced by Reed College in Portland. All learning is done by the students doing their own research, even during “testing.” This effectively teaches students HOW to think and not WHAT to think. The school system was designed to turn out obedient worker bees through rote learning and testing, and much of what is taught is revisionist, favoring whatever agenda is desired at the time. For example, today’s agenda is the conditioning to accept sharia. This is called programming, not education. It is not only outdated, but it simply does not work.

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