Ever since the approval of Common Core, students have been riddled with stress as copious amounts of tests are thrown at these young scholars to “gauge their learning.” While Florida has opted out of Common Core, their current system is extremely similar to the country wide program and continues to add pressure to student’s lives in the form of standardized tests.
Sydney Smoot, a 9-year-old fourth grader, has had enough of the pressure placed on her and her fellow students due to the testing enforced by Florida State. In the short video below, Sydney teaches her school board a lesson as she breaks down the different reasons why these standardized tests are so immensely difficult.
One of the first things the smart young lady mentions is the secrecy attached to the tests. Each student is required to sign a form at the beginning of the test saying that they will not discuss the test with their parents. As Sydney states, “I have the right to talk to my parents about any and everything related to school and my education.” The young scholar also took the opportunity to inform the school board about the mammoth amounts of pressure behind these exams, and of course the most important thing to a 9-year-old: the lack of recess.
While Sydney did have help from her mother in writing her speech to the Florida school board, it does raise the important question, are children today under too much pressured over standardized testing?