Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
Did you happen to see this article by Steven Singer? More importantly, did PARENTS see it? Sure, school is hard. Kids complain. If they really, really complain, parents go to the teachers. Teachers reassure them. Principals and Superintendents reassure them. After all, they're the "experts," not parents. Kids are just "softer" than when we went to school. Right?
Wrong. Something is very, very wrong.
"Here’s a high stakes testing statistic you won’t hear bandied about on the news. The suicide rate among 10- to 14-year-olds doubled between 2007 and 2014 – the same period in which states have increasingly adopted Common Core standards and new, more rigorous high stakes tests. For the first time, suicide surpassed car crashes as a leading cause of death for middle school children. In 2014, the last year for which data was available, 425 middle schoolers nationwide took their own lives."
In April 2017, the Arizona State Board of Education voted to give Arizona schools a gr.... Members of the State Board of Education are "experts," too. Right?
According to Jared Taylor, with his moral compass intact, voted against this travesty. He stated: "Suicide is a serious problem in Hong Kong where there is a similar obsession with testing. The current A-F model in Arizona is only going to make things worse as testing in K-8 is now worth 90 percent of the school letter grade."
Don't believe for a second that this obsession with testing is to benefit Arizona's children or their parents. Common Core, and everything associated with it, is all about the money. From the beginning, in 2010, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted Common Core for a "chance" at winning some of the federal government's $4.3 billion Race to the Top giveaway. That's the reason Arizona and most other states adopted the Core. It wasn't validated, researched, or field tested. Book publishers, test makers, computer manufacturers, educational "non-profits" that push Common Core, etc., have all been raking in the dough ever since, using kids as their cash cow.
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It's not the testing that is the problem, we had testing when we were kids and some were not prepared then as now and the pressure then was higher than what we are hearing about now, sans asian testing and expectations which have always been blamed for suicides due to extreme expectations from what I remember hearing. The main problem is the schools are delving into teaching the socialist mindset as a way of life and along with that socialism and communism comes the increases in suicide that always accompany these fellow travelers in Godless thinking and teachings. Suicide, Alcoholism and increased drug use are always increased in socialist and communist systems, we can expect more of these as our teaching and governments go toward these belief systems and farther from God.
It's no wonder that home schooling has been growing in both the US and Canada. There's a whole movement opening up called "unschooling". Some of the results are quite spectacular. It can be tougher on the parents, but from what I've been reading, the parents feel extremely rewarded.