In the midst of the Common Core

With the extinction of  intelligence as we know it reportedly contained in the midst of the Common Core, I find myself  quietly putting together the monthly lesson plans for Parker’s 2013/2014 school year.

Parker’s due for his 3 Year Evaluation.  I’m thinking we’ll express our thanks, but pass on that.  A test that requires oral answers being given to a non-verbal kid doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.  But then on the other side there’s the Feds stringing along the local districts saying that without this testing they just might yank their funding.

And we all know how well special ed is funded in Utah.

teacher lesson plan book

Maybe it’s weird that I’m not anywhere near as bugged by the testing the Blue Eyed Girl will be taking and yet so angry at the testing that does nothing more than set my son up for absolute failure, because he doesn’t talk.

I remind myself that there are all kinds of intelligence. Parker’s team and I know that he is progressing, that test doesn’t mean squat.

I remember the time my now 25 year old took a standardized test and totally blew the last part of it.  The teacher told the class that when they were finished with the last part of the test they could go outside.  So my son filled in all the next questions with the same answer and out he went.  Seriously.  Who was the not so bright one in this situation?

preschool books

It was no big deal to me.  Standardized testing didn’t measure the true intelligence of my kid.  I knew my oldest son had plenty of smarts.  It’s was getting him to use them that was the issue.

But I know this 3rd Year Evaluation will hang a sign around Parker’s neck declaring to those who follow this crap that Parker is about as smart as a rock.

homeschool planner

This for some reason makes me want to go and smack someone.  Hard.

There’s nothing standardized about educating a medically fragile kid with special needs.  And there should be nothing standardized about monitoring his progress.

Too bad there’s not enough people out there smart enough to realize that.



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