I have my own (legal) ideas about how to deal bureaucrats who'd intentionally harm a child to enforce poorly thought out regulation. I also have an opinion of NCLB and the proposed Obama/Gates/Bush Education Reform insanity...;best left for another time..
Getting back to where I belong..
Meet Anthony Herrea, the 12 year old at the center of one South Carolina family's objection to mandated standardized. He wrote this, I suspect he had some help with the typing. He wanted to tell people what's going on, and thank everyone for the support he and his family have been receiving from Sandra and others.
First of all I thank you for all you have done for me. The PASS test was horrible. They forced me to do the test and my blood went to 344. I never ate anything either so it was not my fault. I'm so grateful you are helping me out. I really am happy that something is being done. I have been hit by kids, made fun of, and embarrassed. My diabetes bag was called a purse, and once a kid took off his shoe and threw it at my head. Before I was taking a medicine that made me sleepy, so what happened? My teacher jerked me up by my arm and I had to stand in a corner, she then gave a kid that hates me a squirt gun. If I fell asleep I would be shot with it. I cried myself to sleep standing up. All my school life has been a living nightmare that was made for me. My mom put me in SCVCS so I'd be safe. I wasn't even safe there. This test is wrong for everyone not even LIKE me! No one should take this test! Why do they so called "need you to take it"? What is this for? Nothing! Zero! Again, thank you so much! Thank you God for everyone who is supporting me. Thank you again.
WTF did this teacher do? She handed another kid a squirt gun and told him to use it on a child that already has difficulty coping. What kind of sense does that make? Add that teacher to the list of bureaucrats I mentioned before. A teacher is at least supposed to have enough common sense and good judgement not to single out a child for special treatment.. It sounds like this one singled out one to be disciplined and another to administer the punishment...
The system that forces children like Anthony to be tested is No Child Left Behind.. Nice title, sounds harmless, but it's not... Each state had to create mandatory tests and testing procedures for all students, then the states sent the law to the local level to be applied.. Each level of government added something to the law.. By the time it left Washington, no one cared that the law would become almost universally hated, by the time it got to Anthony, no one cared what it might do to a child's health.. Teachers no longer teach the subject, or to students interests and capabilities, they teach to the "TEST" It's gotten to the point school calender years are defined by the "TEST".
Tell you Representative in DC not to vote against reaffirming NCLB and bury it once and for all.. Tell them to put Obama's Educational Reform Proposals someplace where "the Sun don't Shine"
Constitutionally and Traditionally education is a local matter. Tell your legislature to inform Washington they can shove their DC Bribe money and the crap that comes attached to it.. Next time your Governor, State Senator, or State House Representative tells you about how much money they got from DC for ___________ (fill in the blank). Ask what they sold DC in exchange for it. As Rich Swier a Florida Blogger put it recently about the Florida Legislature " They sold our children's souls for 63 dollars apiece."
On a local level, odds are you can get the local School Board Member's email addresses in a matter of minutes.
If you're a blogger, you know what to do; Anthony's Mom needs the help.
For more information, you'll find it here and here.