“CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE” ON TESTING URGED …
|| By FITSNEWS || A coalition of mostly social conservative organizations has united with the goal of getting parents to boycott Common Core-aligned tests in South Carolina. The group – dubbed the Parent Empowerment Coalition – is specifically targeting the administration of the Core-aligned ACT Aspire tests, which are scheduled to be given to tens of thousands of students in government-run schools later this month.
“While coalition members may have different motivations for joining the opt-out movement, they all agree that challenging the law is necessary to gain the attention of the state in order to rein in the negative impact of high stakes testing on children, their families, teachers and society as a whole,” coalition leader Sarah Johnson said.
The coalition will use “multiple media outlets” in getting the message out to parents – including publicizing “resources to guide and support parents through the opt-out process.”
“Common Core is the latest attempt to bribe states, with money taken from the American people, into adopting a curriculum developed by federal bureaucrats and education ‘experts,'” former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul recently wrote in urging parents to opt-out. “In exchange for federal funds, states must change their curriculum by, for example, replacing traditional mathematics with ‘reform math.’ Reform math turns real mathematics on its head by focusing on ‘abstract thinking’ instead of traditional concepts like addition and subtraction. Schools must also replace classic works of literature with ‘informational’ texts, such as studies by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.”
Scary stuff …
Common Core has emerged as a major issue in the 2016 presidential race – especially in early-voting states like South Carolina. But no early-voting state has as disastrous a government-run education system as the Palmetto State … meaning opposition to the tests is likely to resonate more broadly and deeply here (especially among conservative voters).
“All over the country, parents are fed up with being ignored by the government education system and they have been driven to civil disobedience,” said Sheri Few, a former candidate for S.C. Superintendent of Education and ardent opponent of Common Core.
For those of you keeping score at home, the ACT Aspire tests are currently scheduled for students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 from April 28-30.
This website has consistently opposed Common Core. Just as we’ve consistently opposed (and exposed) the Palmetto State’s dumbed down state assessments.