Opt Out Form And Miracles   5 comments

Utahns Against Common Core posted an opt-out form today that anyone may use to inform a school district that a child will not be participating in the Common Core testing and data collection program. Find it here.

In addition, Utahns Against Common Core posted a video clip from a new movie featuring the President of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. It is called “Miracles.”

The video was posted with the opt out form because it will be a long-sought for miracle when parents take the reins of their children’s educational lives and say “no” to Common Core’s totally experimental testing and data collection program.

It will be a miracle when state boards of education and legislatures realize that “We the People” have actually woken up and stood up to their top down control efforts; that we will not allow the invasion of our children’s privacy– not by state nor by federal forces; and that we will not allow the invasion of our state’s sovereignty over education. They will hear that we will have a voice in what goes on in our children’s testing.

It will be a miracle to see parents take a stand in their rightful place as primary protectors of local control, a right that we hold under Constitution.

Why is it so important? Because testing Common Core’s standards is the key to the whole Common Core agenda. That’s where the control lies. The tests sets the pace for Common Core’s monopoly on text types to be bought, on stifling innovation in any other direction, on aligning private curricula nationally, on controlling teachers’ use of instructional time, and on tracking children and teachers.

Parents hold the key to that key. Teachers or principals can’t do it; they’ll lose their jobs.

But parents saying no to the Common Core tests can become the force that ends the unconstitutional losses of Common Core’s centralized decision-making and data-collection in D.C.’s agencies and organizations.

Remember that no matter how many times the state school board says “adopting Common Core as Utah’s own “Utah Core” standards was the board’s constitutional right under the Utah constitution” –still, the effect of that decision– robbing our state of local control of education– was wrong under the U.S. Constitution and G.E.P.A. law which have long made educational decision making a state’s right.

Remember the words of James Madison:

“If Congress can apply money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may establish teachers in every State, county, and parish, and pay them out of the public Treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may undertake the regulation of all roads, other than post roads. In short, everything,from the highest object of State legislation, down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress; for every object I have mentioned would admit the application of money, and might be called if Congress pleased provisions for the general welfare … I venture to declare it as my opinion, that were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundation, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America…” – James Madison

In short, Madison said: if we allow the centralization of education we subvert the very foundation of what has made us free.

While my own school has promised that there will be no academic punishment for my public school attending child who opts out of the Common Core test, I have received emails from parents in other areas of Utah where the opposite was said. These parents were told that their child would receive a non-proficient score and would be academically penalized for opting out of the test.

Ultimately, we have to ask ourselves whether fear of getting an undeserved failing grade outweighs our desire to preserve local control of education, a constitutional right. That is a personal decision.

I opt out.

5 responses to “Opt Out Form And Miracles

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  1. Can anyone address whether or not each State has to agree to allow parents to “opt out” of Common Core testing before they actually have the opportunity to do so? Do the No Child Left Behind Waivers given out by the U.S. Department of Education have any prohibitions against “opting out” or percentages of students that must participate in the testing? Thanks for any information!

    • Parents are the authority over the child. Neither the state nor the federal government has the authority to disallow parents to opt out a child from testing or from any aspect of school that is not good for that child in the parent’s judgment. We are the captains of our own ships, and are free –if we want to believe it and act like it.

    • The law as applied in Florida says that 95% of students must test or the school faces sanctions and state interference. I don’t call it state assistance because I know professionals enduring it. Like using napalm to kill lice. Zero sense left in the whole discussion. Except this page, of course 😀

  2. When I asked my daughter’s kindergarten teacher about opting out of the tests last year, I was told that they don’t start the ‘Common Core’ testing until third grade. Does anyone know if this is accurate? We’re in the Jordan District. Thank you for all your great work! You’ve opened my eyes.

  3. I absolutely agree with your views of Common Core and have written to the Governor, Dept of Education, etc. here in Arkansas. So far, they just “don’t get it””. I belong to Republican Women and one young woman at our last meeting, has her son now being indoctrinated with Common Core in Pottsville. She told us that before CC started, he son was a straight A, student. With common core, he is getting B, C, and D because he doesn’t agree with “common Core’s” reasoning. They are not allowed to bring there work home or a page from Common Core handbook. I’m glad for the three women shown at the top that have been so instrumental in bring CC out for discussion, and thank them, but can you please remove that part of the site.

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