Watch student decimate Common Core: Founding Fathers ‘turning in their graves’

A Tennessee high school student spoke from personal experience when he gave a highly critical speech on on the Common Core curriculum at a Knox County School Board meeting earlier this month.

The initiative “seemed to spring from states,” and it was developed by educational testing executives and only two academic content specialists, neither of which approved the final standards, Ethan Young, a senior at Farragut High School, said in the recorded speech, according to The Daily Caller.

“I mean, how convenient calculating who knows what, and who needs what,” Young said. “I mean, why don’t we manufacture robots instead of students?”

A “standards-based education,” Young said, is ruling the way teachers are teaching and students are learning.

“If everything I learned in high school was a measurable objective, I haven’t learned anything,” he said.

“Somewhere, our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves, pleading, screaming and trying to say to us, that we teach to free minds.”

Watch Young’s speech here:

H/T: The Daily Caller

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12 thoughts on “Watch student decimate Common Core: Founding Fathers ‘turning in their graves’

  1. Tami says:

    Awesome speech by an awesome young man. Loved the statement – “Why don’t we just manufacture robots” Seems like that is the goal of Common Core! Most teachers are creative by nature- and the very quality that makes them successful is being stifled…having spent several years in the classroom, I absolutely believe that there is no place for “one size fits all” in education.

  2. ThomNJ says:

    Good job, young man.

  3. lonecracker says:


  4. Doug says:

    My sources say Benny Franklin has rotated so many times over the years that he looks like a rotisserie chicken.

  5. Joanne Long says:

    I saw this education system going down this road in the 1980’s, tried fighting it then. So took my kids out and homeschooled as that was becoming a new thing then But 6 years ago I helped my son take his son my grandson out and homeschooled him. Homeschooling now is so advanced the children learn a whole lot more.

    1. Doug says:

      Did the Shadow Government try to stop you.

    2. Doug says:

      You’re much too young to be a grandmother.

  6. Doug says:

    Nice to see a young man in a jacket and tie.

    1. tionico says:

      AND with a functional brain within his cranium, and literate into the bargain.

  7. CrystalClaire says:

    This kid could give speech lessons to our president! He’s excellent! And I love to hear anyone speaking out against the horrors of “Common Core!” It is a mental straight-jacket, & an individual achievement killer. It serves only the goals of globalist, megalomanic, elitists who seek to hoard real education for themselves, & squash everyone else into a serf mentality. It needs to be stopped!

  8. watchdogmom says:

    one of the communist goals. Common Core, the communist blueprint for education.

  9. shelren says:

    Well done. However as a teacher from Kentucky who has worked under the dreaded devil spawned Common Core before it was deemed as coming from an Obama hell, there is NOTHING in it all that different from the standards-based education of the last 20 years. It’s not the Common Core that’s the problem, although it has its problems, even though not nearly to the level of hysteria its most-severe opponents proclaim. The true problem is the increasing reliance on overtesting both teachers and students that began with Bush’s NCLB. That’s the great tragedy of modern education. This phenomenal young man is on target with his decimation of the current testing frenzy, yet that is a separate issue from the Common Core standards. I’ve been teaching for 19 years and I’ve not ever taught without standards to tell me what my students should know when they leave my class.

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