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Jerry P. Becker

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Student Case Against Common Core
Posted: Jan 12, 2014 7:42 PM
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From The Blaze, Friday, November 15, 2013. See


By Jason Howerton

Speaking at a local school board meeting earlier this month, a
Tennessee high school senior issued a brief and incredibly insightful
address on the problems with Common Core standards.

Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn.,
made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop
the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were
never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local
or state governments.
SIDEBAR: (Related: Parents Fed-Up With Failing Grades Under Common
Core Take Matters Into Their Own Hands) [SEE
"The president essentially bribed states into implementation via
'Race to the Top,' offering $4.35 billion taxpayer dollars to
participating states, $500 million of which went to Tennessee," Young
said. "And much like No Child Left Behind, the program promises
national testing and a one-size-fits-all education, because hey, it
worked so well the first time."

"If nothing else, these standards are a glowing conflict of interest
and they lack the research they allegedly received," he added.

Young also argued that Common Core standards display a "mistrust of
teachers," a line that prompted applause from the audience.
"I stand before you because I care about education, but also because
I want to support my teachers," he said. "And just as they fought for
my academic achievement, so I want to fight for their ability to
teach. This relationship is at the heart of instruction, yet there
will never be a system by which it is accurately measured."

The high school senior went on to argue that "standards-based
education is ruining the way we teach and learn." He also revealed
that legislators and administrators have told him "that's just the
way things work."

Now, he's daring to ask: "Why?"

"I'm gonna answer that question: Bureaucratic convenience," he added.
"It works with nuclear reactors, it works with business models, why
can't it work with students? I mean how convenient, calculating
exactly who knows what and who needs what. I mean, why don't we just
manufacture robots instead of students? They last longer and they
always do what they're told."
SIDEBAR: "Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves."
The problem is, the extremely bright student continued, "education is
unlike every other bureaucratic institute in our government" because
the "task of teaching is never quantifiable."

"If everything I learn in high school is a measurable objective, I
have not learned anything," Young proclaimed. "I'd like to repeat
that. If everything I learn in high school is a measurable objective,
I have not learned anything."

Government bureaucrats will never be able to measure "creativity,
appreciation, inquisitiveness" but they are the "purpose of
education," he lectured.

"Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves -
pleading, screaming and trying to say to us that we teach to free
minds. We teach to inspire. We teach to equip, the careers will come

Watch Young's entire inspiring, must-see speech below:


and scroll to bottom.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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