Let’s admit it: we all hated standardized testing in school. Â No. 2 pencils were required, and the soft lead was really messy and smeared. Â There were all those bubbles to fill in, and we had to stay inside the lines. Â Sometimes the multiple choice answers were not different enough to really make a good decision. Â For those of us with learning disabilities related to reading (that, of course, went undiagnosed because we “just weren’t trying hard enough”) never really finished some segments. Â And then there was all that silence. Â Why? Â So that we could find out how we rank against the rest of the country among people our own age, of course. Â Like we were just numbers.
Well, one fourth grader, Sidney Smoot who lives in Hernando County in Florida, had quite a bit to say about the dreaded standardized tests that all American kids love to hate, in this case the Florida Standards Assessment Test. Â Listen:
Miss Smoot did get help from her mother in writing the speech, but her main points are valid: kids are not numbers, and testing is not doing any good when it does not accurately assess what kids are learning in school. Â Another pet peeve for a lot of parents is that teachers spend so much time “teaching to the test” that the “extras” get eliminated. Â But what was most disturbing was this:
First of all, I do not feel good about a form on the FSA that you have to sign assuring that you canâ€™t even discuss the test with your parents. I am not comfortable signing something like this. I have the right to talk to my parents about any and everything related to school and my education.
This plain and simply should not be. Â Parents are still parents and their children are theirs, not the state’s. Â The message was more effective coming from the child rather than her mother, that’s for sure.
For a partial transcript of Miss Smoot’s standing o speech, visit Fox News Insider.