As public sentiment continues to build against murky and deeply partisan federal education guidelines, defenders within America’s public school system are only digging in deeper to subject the next generation to Common Core’s curriculum.
The reaction of administrators toward students who want to opt out of associated testing has in some cases been draconian. One district recently proved just how vindictive officials can be against students it deems enemies of the unpopular program.
The Arkport Central School District announced that young students – between third and sixth grade – would be rewarded with ice cream upon taking the Common Core exams. Those whose parents want to keep them away from the potentially dangerous curriculum, however, were denied the sweet treat.
News of the incident has sparked a renewed call to end the federal curriculum.
— Joy Keller (@JoyKeller1) April 11, 2014
A number of parents were understandably outraged that their kids were singled out for this punishment simply because they acted within their legal right to shield the students from potential indoctrination. The district’s superintendent, however, claimed it was all a big misunderstanding.
“Very sorry it was taken in the light that it was taken,” Glenn Niles said, indicating the district “will evaluate what we will do in the future.”
One wonders what other light an eight-year-old would see a situation in which he was being deprived of the ice cream his classmates were enjoying.
Niles then complained that people were saying “just plain ugly” things about him.
One parent, whose second-grade student could be impacted by this petty discrimination next year, claims administrators deserve criticism. “I don’t think it was done to reward … children who took the test,” Julianne Merry said. “I think it was done as a slap on the hand to those of us who refused.”
She maintained that the district is “punishing the kids for a choice made by their parents.” Reports indicate a number of parents are already protesting the decision.
— John Anderson (@23Johnanderson) April 10, 2014
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