It’s that time of year again, when birds are singing, the aroma of flowers sweetens the breeze…and our kids are tying themselves into knots. Testing stress. The absolutely unneeded insanity that has invaded our children’s lives and held our school systems hostage. Everyone hates this; parents, children, teachers, and administrators.
I have a wonderful surprise for you. It’s optional.
Just the same way that you can have your child excused from Phys Ed if they are injured, or Sex Ed if you think they shouldn’t have that information (and I disagree; everyone needs that information) you have the right to exempt your child from testing.
Now, schools do not have the option to not administer the test. It’s a federal requirement, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and all that jazz. They are required to waste days and weeks and months of time that could be used for mind-opening, skill-building education that students would be enthused and excited about. It’s dangerous – that kind of education could lead to critical thinks skills, or self-esteem, or (omg) actual happiness.
I love CCUSD, and I want you know that they have to work with this handicap. But your kids don’t.
I’m also wanting to strike up a little chorus of the old Arlo Guthrie tune “Alice’s Restaurant.” If enough people walk into the office with a signed statement that says “My child is exempt from federal testing,” we could start a movement. If you let all the parents in your life know that the kids do not have to get tested, we might be able to start to liberate these teachers to do what they love to do; teach. We might even get the federal government to0 stop wasting time and money on a program that does nothing but quantify what is unmeasurable – education.