[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As we have witnessed the rise of Common Core in school districts throughout the country, both parents and students have opted out of the curriculum which is viewed by critics as being convoluted in some respects and anti-American in others. It is also seen as an attempted federal takeover of the education system with an attempt to nationalize curriculum.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]In Seattle, the entire 11th grade class at Nathan Hale High School failed to show up to take the state’s SBAC test as a way of taking a stand against Common Core. Now, the administrative backlash against those who dare to opt out of Common Core has reached a new a disturbing level.
A third grade student was banned from an end of school party because her mom opted out of Common Core for her daughter.
Students in Oldsman Township, located in New Jersey, take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in November. But one parent, Michele Thornton, opted out of the test for her daughter instructing her not to take the test. Now Thornton is saying that school officials are bullying her daughter for her decision. She says that her daughter was intentionally left out of an end of the year cupcake and juice party because she did not take the PARCC test.
She recounted what happened last November when she opted her daughter out of the test. She said, “They pressured me to make her take it. I told them that it was against the law to force my daughter to participate.”
Thornton said when her daughter recently brought home the school’s weekly newsletter, she was surprised to see that her child was being specifically singled out and not allowed to participate in the celebration. Although the school did not mention her daughter by name, Thornton knew immediately that the exclusion applied to her little girl and she was both shocked and disturbed.
In describing the celebration, school officials made it very clear that students who did not take the PARCC would not be allowed at the end of year party.
“Untest afternoon will take place Monday, June 15 beginning at 12:30 pm for children in grades 3-8 who participated in both PARCC assessments. Please have your child wear sneakers.”
The party was more than just juice boxes and cup cakes. Thornton said when she picked up her daughter from school, as she informed school officials she would do, she saw gaming trucks, an outdoor play area, and buckets of toys for the children.
Her daughter left school crying.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Beyond this targeting of her daughter by excluding her from this celebration, Thornton said the school’s bullying tactics ran deeper than that. Yet, after a supposed investigation, the school absolved itself from any wrongdoing.
Thornton said the party snub followed others indignities. After sitting out the test, she was pulled out of class for a “meet and eat” with the school counselor/anti bullying coordinator, who drilled her with questions about why she didn’t take the exam.
When Thornton complained, she said the school agreed to launch an investigation, which it wrapped up with an e-mail she received on Friday.
“Mr. and Mrs. Thornton,” reads the email provided to FoxNews.com. “The HIB [harassment, intimidation, and bullying] investigation has been completed. Findings indicate that harassment, intimidation and bullying did not occur.”
The definition of bullying, as defined within a psychological article entitled Bullying in Schools: The Power of Bullies and the Plight of Victims, is as follows.
Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict.
Given this definition, and what the government at many levels continuously push regarding bullying, do you think the actions of school officials in regards to Thornton’s daughter is a textbook case of bullying?
h/t Fox News
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