• Watch This 10-Year-Old Girl Blast ‘Crazy, Nonsense’ Common Core

    A 10-year-old New Jersey girl named Elizabeth Blaine, a fourth-grader from Montclair, N.J. became the face of a proposed policy that would allow parents to opt their children out of having to take the Common Core test known as PARCC (for Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

    Elizabeth gave a passionate speech earlier this week at the Montclair School Board meeting, giving a number of well-thought-out arguments why Common Core standards “stink.”

    “I love to read. I love to write. I love to do math. But I don’t love the PARCC. Why? Because it stinks,” Elizabeth said.

    “On the test we will have to type full essays in a time limit, when most of us have not typed ever before! We might have taken a technology class, but we are not required to. Why couldn’t they make the test on paper?” the 10-year-old wisely asked.

    “I am glad my mom and dad are letting me opt out, because I don’t want to deal with this nonsense, as I stated before,” she concluded.

    In September, Bill Gates, who has poured hundreds of millions of his own money into Common Core academic standards, revealed how Common Core will eventually lead to the erosion of local governance and control over education.

    Gates says he thinks of Common Core “as more of a technocratic issue” and compares its academic standard to electrical sockets and national railroad tracks–one size fitting all. “The basic idea of, ‘should we share an electrical plug across the country?’ Well, you can get partisan about that I suppose. Should Georgia have a different railroad width than everybody else? Should they teach multiplication in a different way? Oh that’s brilliant,” Gates quipped sarcastically.

    Gates called each state having its own educational standard “a cacophony” that didn’t align well with nationalized exams.

    Nationalized education is how America’s schools went from first to worst in the world. Educational curriculums should be developed by local school boards, not by monied lobbyists and interest groups.

    In June, Oklahoma and South Carolina pulled out of the Common Core State Standards initiative. And there is a massive wave of anti-Common Core angst in nearly all 50 states.

    Bravo to Elizabeth Blaine and her parents for fighting the powerful, ruling class elites who are trying to undermine local control over education standards.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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