This High School Student Told His School Board Exactly What He Thought Of The Common Core Curriculum

“If everything I learned in high school is a measurable object then I haven’t learned anything.”

1. Tennessee high school student Ethan Young took the podium at a Knox County School Board meeting earlier this month and rallied against Common Core education standards.

2. Young argued that the school board drop the controversial Common Core education model, comparing it to No Child Left Behind.

3. The Common Core system is set of educational standards established at a federal level. It is currently being implemented in schools across the country.

4. It aims to minimize the gap in the quality of education for rich and poor students across the country.

5. Though many argue that it costs too much money and pushes out resources for things like art and music for students.

6. The video’s long, but here are some of Ethan’s more pointed arguments against Common Core:

The president essentially bribed states into implementation via ‘Race to the Top,’ offering $4.35 billion taxpayer dollars to participating states, $500 million of which went to Tennessee and much like No Child Left Behind, the program promises national testing and a one-size-fits-all education, because hey, it worked so well the first time…

…If nothing else, these standards are a glowing conflict of interest and they lack the research they allegedly received… Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves — pleading, screaming and trying to say to us that we teach to free minds. We teach to inspire. We teach to equip, the careers will come naturally…

…I stand before you because I care about education, but also because I want to support my teachers and just as they fought for my academic achievement, so I want to fight for their ability to teach. This relationship is at the heart of instruction, yet there will never be a system by which it is accurately measured…

…Bureaucratic convenience, it works with nuclear reactors, it works with business models, why can’t it work with students? I mean how convenient, calculating exactly who knows what and who needs what. I mean, why don’t we just manufacture robots instead of students? They last longer and they always do what they’re told…

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