Recorded at the Knox County School Board Regular Meeting November 6, 2013 Share this video with and spread the message: we will not accept these issues with ...
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The high school student Ethan Young from Knoxville, Tennessee went in front of the school board to attest the new Common Core curriculum. His speech quickly turned into a viral video. His passion for education and for teachers at such a young age inspired many.
The first time I saw this video I was very surprised to see that this young man was still a senior in high school. His speech was incredibly written and eloquently spoken. I found myself to be cheering with him as he finished his speech. One aspect of his speech I particularly enjoyed was his focus back on the teachers. Many times the pros and cons of standardized testing, which will be used in the Common Core focuses on the students. However, the new standardized testing puts just as much pressure on the teachers. Ethan Young reflected that Common Core is a “glowing conflict of interest … that illustrate a mistrust of teachers.” I found myself agreeing with this statement. Instead of a teacher judging if a student is on grade level, an arbitrary test given to every student determines it. The teacher is the one who works with the students every day. The teacher understands the student’s strengths, weaknesses, and even home life. Some may argue that teachers may not want to deal or accept if one of their students is falling behind. This could be true. However, if we trust our teachers to teach students, then we should trust our teachers to evaluate students as well.
Personally, I saw the effects of the new Common Core testing in my EDCI280 classroom. The fourth grade teacher, the ESOL teacher, and the special education teacher discussed the new implications of Common Core. With the new standardized testing in place, the teachers discussed how no teacher would want to work with special education students. These students usually do not score as much progress as Talented and Gifted students. Therefore, the teacher will not look as successful if they teach students who are special education. By putting all this pressure on the teachers, Common Core will impact the teachers and their relationship with their students in a negative light.
Therefore, I agree with Ethan Young. Common Core highlights a mistrust for teachers. Instead of adding more standardized tests for students, teachers should be required to evaluate their students more. A more rigorous teacher preparation program can prepare teachers to evaluate their students in an effective manner. Overall, I really enjoyed watching this video. Ethan Young's passion at such a young age inspired me to learn more about Common Core.