Pick Me! Pick Me! I Want My Child to *OPT IN*.
Educational reform must include the move from passive permission for student testing/data mining to active permission being required from parents before testing/data tracking of students. Parents must have the legal right to excuse their students from being subjected to unvalidated testing and unknown entities receiving personally identifiable information on their students.
Parents need to reclaim their rights as taxpayers and guardians of their children, and supported by legislative statutes, to ensure that educational reform not based on research/data is instituted in their children’s classrooms and their children being subjected to substandard educational practices. Parents have the right and duty to demand assessments their children are taking in school be valid assessments, versus assessments written to determine future social/educational/workforce policies. Parents should not be required that their children complete assessments due to a funding threat from the USDOEd. Parents must have knowledge of what data is being gathered by the school district, for what purpose and to whom that data is disseminated.
Lace to the Top points out the obvious disconnect between education reformers and parents in a recent post with an “Opt In Letter”. If parents loved Common Core, excessive testing with non-validated assessments and data mining of their children, school districts would be inundated with parents begging to be part of these testing/data mining practices. The letter below is from a fictional parent buying into the schtick of the education reformers: shoddy assessments, questionable results of these assessments, the *need* to become globally competitive, the crony capitalists, and the *need* for student’s personally identifiable information.
Do you know of any parent who would sign such a letter below? If districts were required to utilized active permission to assess/data mine children, it would be an interesting guess on how many opt in forms would actually be received by districts. It’s dark humor and makes the eloquent point that most parents do not support the CCSSI and would not support such an opt in.
Jan 2016 ≈ Leave a comment
Take this damn letter and make damn sure that my child, _________, will opt-in to unlimited, rigorous testing.
After reading Newsday, I know the only way to receive a high quality education is through more testing. Teachers, like you, are the morons who created the so-called “opt-out movement” to meet your union’s demands to keep teachers unaccountable. I trust 18 hours of testing will benefit my child more than 180 days of your “teaching.”
High stakes state tests will ensure my _____ year old is college and career ready. If someone takes something from my child, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is his! You do not take what is his! And then I’ll punch them in the face and kick them in the dirt because bubble tests matter.
I have attached all of my child’s data including report cards, medical records, gamer profile for XBox, as well as the Youtube videos he recorded while playing Minecraft. Bill Gates only asked for 10 years of my child’s life. Let’s give him the full 30 and keep all that data safely stored by a reputable company such as, InBloom. If you’re not doing anything wrong, then you should have nothing to hide.
I fully subscribe to the methodology used by the New York State Education Department in conjunction with Bill Gates to tell me my child’s value. Questions without correct answers in addition to questions created with more than one plausible answers provide the type of rigor I value in my home. For example, I require my child to read passages from Bill Gates’ biography in a dark room and then ask him multiple choice questions on Mesopotamia just to provide some extra opportunities to show grit; “gritunities.” Although New York State fired Pearson from making the test I still fully believe in their validity. Use say cut scores, I say potatoes. The best part about these tests is how they cleverly teach children patience by providing the suspense of waiting 8 months to be told a score. As they say, “Test results are like wine; the longer you wait for them the better they are.”
In the world of global competition, it is important my child does not fall behind other countries. To fall behind such countries as Ohio and Arizona would be a detriment to our country and would not be a good way to make America great again.
Common Core is is a bipartisan agreement from 57 governors. Who am I to disagree with them? I am just a parent of a mediocre child. If my child is able to finish his test early, please allow him to take the test of those deadbeat children who decide to opt out to ensure we do not lose funding for our school.
Billy “Deadbolt” Friedrich
Adapt this letter and send it to your school district to actively *opt in*, because as we all know, bubble tests matter.
Test graphic accessed from the Bluegrass Institute ‘s article, Are Common Core tests too hard?, which contains other questions and readability levels.