Area couple battles elementary school over CRCT testing
by Haisten Willis
April 17, 2014 04:00 AM | 22000 views | 67 67 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy and Mary Finney stand in the backyard of their Marietta home with their children, Ian, 15, a freshman at Marietta High School; Jack, 9, and Macy, 11, both students at Westside Elementary School. Tracy and Mary Finney say they do not want Jack and Macy taking the CRCT, a standardized test given in Georgia, but the city’s school system told them their children would be trespassing if they came to school and didn’t take the exam. Staff/Jeff Stanton
Tracy and Mary Finney stand in the backyard of their Marietta home with their children, Ian, 15, a freshman at Marietta High School; Jack, 9, and Macy, 11, both students at Westside Elementary School. Tracy and Mary Finney say they do not want Jack and Macy taking the CRCT, a standardized test given in Georgia, but the city’s school system told them their children would be trespassing if they came to school and didn’t take the exam. Staff/Jeff Stanton
slideshow
MARIETTA — The parents of two West Side Elementary students say they do not want their children taking the CRCT, a standardized test given in Georgia, but the city’s school system told them their children would be trespassing if they came to school and didn’t take the exam.

Mary and Tracy Finney have lived in Marietta for 16 years. They have a third-grader and a fifth-grader at West Side Elementary, along with a ninth-grader at Marietta High School, and say they love the school system. But the Finneys are opposed to standardized testing, worried about data being collected on children as well as the stress they say is caused by the over-testing of students.

“You have to have testing at some point, but there’s so much standardized

testing now,” she said. “It’s for the higher-ups, the bureaucrats, not the educators. They are over-testing our children. I’ve always thought that. We said we don’t want to do this much (testing). That was our incentive to refuse taking the CRCT.”

The test is given across Georgia. It began Wednesday and runs through next Tuesday. The Finneys say the school system is violating their 14th Amendment rights in trying to force their kids to take the CRCT and they plan to either send their children to private school or home school them next year.

Origins of the problem

Standardized testing has become a hot political issue across the nation. The Georgia Legislature nearly pulled the state out of Common Core — a collaboration of 45 states establishing national standards for what should be learned in each grade — earlier this year, before the effort died at the last minute.

Some have concerns about private companies that could make millions in profits from Common Core, while others worry about the amounts of data being collected on students nationwide though standardized tests. The Finneys appear to be in the second group.

“They are collecting data on our children,” Mary Finney said. “Now, with Common Core there is such a large amount of information and data collected on children. People don’t realize it. We don’t want to sound like we’re wearing tin-foil hats, but they want to track our kids from kindergarten through college.”

When they told West Side Principal Karen Smits that their children wouldn’t be taking the CRCT, her response alarmed them.

“To my knowledge, there is not an opt-out option for the CRCT since these tests are mandated by state law,” she wrote in an email. “I have forwarded your email to our Superintendent, Dr. Lembeck, and Associate Superintendent Dayton Hibbs for further guidance. Someone will be in touch soon.”

That email did not set well with the Finneys.

“With all due respect, we never requested to opt out,” Tracey Finney wrote in response. “We are REFUSING the CRCTs.”

Another issue is a long-planned field trip to Blue Ridge. The Finneys’ fifth-grader has already paid to go on the trip, but it falls during CRCT make-up days. They are afraid their child won’t be able to go on the trip if the test isn’t taken.

Meeting with administrators goes sour

Things didn’t improve from there. The Finneys worked out a meeting with school administrators early Wednesday morning to talk things over. But when they arrived, they were confronted by a police officer instead of the principal.

According to Tracey Finney, the officer was extremely nice and professional, but told them being on school property while actively opposed to the test was “kind of a trespassing thing” and that their kids weren’t allowed on the property either if they weren’t going to take the test. The officer’s report confirms the parents were told they and their students would be trespassing if they stayed on the property.

The family then worked out a deal to take their kids to school at 11:30, after testing was over, but another email from the West Side principal stopped them in their tracks.

“It is my understanding that you plan to bring the children to school this afternoon,” Smits wrote. “Please be aware that CRCT make-up testing will begin today for any children who miss testing this morning and arrive in the afternoon.”

It appears there had been a misunderstanding about the meeting.

Smits emailed the Finneys at 6:40 p.m., notifying them of her willingness to meet with them in the morning. But another email, sent more than two hours later by Associate Superintendent Dayton Hibbs, at 9:04 p.m., canceled the meeting set by Smits.

Superintendent Emily Lembeck said the family probably saw the email.

“Most people are tied to their phones,” she said. “They didn’t say to the officer they hadn’t seen anything.”

But the Finneys said they did not see the later email sent after 9 p.m., and it was never mentioned when they showed up at the school the next morning.

“I didn’t discover that email until a few hours ago. I was awake but figured no one was going to respond after 6 p.m.,” said Mary Finney of the email sent to her husband’s account. “Nothing was mentioned about it during the meeting.”

School board chair, superintendent weigh in

Randy Weiner is the school board chairman at Marietta City Schools and his district includes West Side Elementary. Personally, he said he wouldn’t pull his students out of the test, adding he hasn’t heard of any parent doing so in his eight years on the school board.

“Generally speaking, if it were my kids who simply were stressed out about taking the CRCT, I would tell them to get with the program and that they would be taking the CRCT today,” he said.

But he assured Marietta schools will not force any kids to take the test if they don’t want to.

“Since there is no opt-out provision in the law, the principals feel there is no choice,” he said. “That’s why the Finneys feel they were being forced to take the CRCT. We would not force a child to take the test. We’ll use common sense.”

Marietta schools attorney Clem Doyle confirmed there is no opt-out provision in the law. Weiner said that’s a product of lawmakers not anticipating anyone would want to opt out.

“They didn’t anticipate parents demanding their child not take the test, I’m sure,” he said.

But while Lembeck stressed she hopes the problem can be resolved, she did not say for sure if the Finney children will have to take the test or not.

“The Georgia statutes are strongly worded stating all third- and fifth- graders shall be tested,” she said. “The law provides no guidelines for parents who might want to opt out. The district is working with the state Department of Education to seek guidance regarding balancing our obligations under state law and the state Department of Education’s rules regarding the ability to accommodate these sort of parental requests.”

She also said she couldn’t guarantee the children would be allowed to go on next week’s field trip during CRCT makeup days, saying she hasn’t met with the DOE, school leadership and the parents yet to come to a resolution.

This is the first time parents in a Marietta school have told the district they don’t want their kids to take the test, according to Lembeck, though it has happened elsewhere.

Whatever happens in this situation is likely to set a precedent for the future.

“I think we need to make sure the parents are educated as to the reason why we give these assessments,” Lembeck said. “We don’t take them lightly, nor do we want to see parents and students pitted at odds with our schools for a required assessment. But if there is a way to seek resolution, that is what we want to do.”

Comments
(67)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
Paul J. Southern
|
April 25, 2014
Clarification: I am not sure if the future tests I mentioned in my previous post are considered standardized since they are not required unless one is continuing on to a higher edu. level. That was not my point. My point is that we live in a very competitive society where top performers get rewarded for their dedication and hard work - as it should be!! Stress and anxiety are two consequences of getting there. Lots of strenuous cardiovascular exercise tends to relieve both.
Hefty
|
April 24, 2014
What about the "poor" children, they are scared to take these tests and if they fail them, they don't get to go into the next grade. No pressure, huh? Plus, the time they spend teaching the kids "how" to take the test, takes time away from the basics. My 3rd grader was scared and asked for a prep book...

Too much stress on our young children, what happened on relying on the teacher's scores/grades?
Pat Head
|
April 25, 2014
Poor thing - I believe you are too much of a head case to respond. Home school is the way to go.
Paul J. Southern
|
April 25, 2014
It's the wussification of America. My daughter goes to WS, is in the 5th grade, took the CRCT, and didn't stress out about it anymore than anyone would. It's a test!! Stress induced by an upcoming standarized test, a championship soccer game, or a job interview, is a real world fact of life. We all know that. This situation reminds me of the liberal view that everyone is a winner, there are no losers, and the score at a ball game is not necessary. BS!! My take on it is: strive in the classroom and kick butt on the standarized testing. Guess what other standardized tests are in their futures: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, etc.
Hard Right
|
April 22, 2014
Public schools are a cesspool of indoctrination.

Get your kids out of their clutches.
re: T Smith
|
April 22, 2014
You are right on! I don't know these people but experience and good instincts tell me that they are using their poor children has pawns in an attempt to gain attention for their agenda. Very sad and very messy.
Mom comment
|
April 22, 2014
First the CRCT's are not required by No Child left behind. What is required is a normed test. Ga like many other states did not want to be compared with other states to show how poorly they are doing. Which is also the fuss over the common core and why ga suddenly couldn't afford a less than $2.00 per student common core test that would be the same other states were using. Ga politicians and Ed department officials have also become beholden to test creation companies. Where do the Educrtes go to work after retirement? How do teachers make extra money? Tutoring test prep, scoring essays on SAT, ACT, etc..

Their was no reason for Georgia Public schools or the Department of Education to create a new test. After all Public school students as well as private school student were already taking the Nationally normed Iowa test. The Iowa test tells you based on other students in the country your student scored in a certain percentage. 99% meant that all but the top 1 % scored lower than your child. 50% meant 50% scored better and 50% scored lower! now a 15% meant 85% scored better than your child. Georgia and most States did not want it to get out how dismal their students were scoring on a national normed test like the IOWA's. So hence, with the profits to be made from state wide test came about the CRCT's and Florida's version the FCAt's or what ever. To kids who score 90% and above on the IOWA's they are a joke they are so easy. Even though the cut scores for exceed has continuely been rigged to make it less than 50% those that can't due sit through the test crying. This of course is what caused the whole cheating scandal in Atlanta,

last year in Fulton my child got a bad case of mono and could not do anything but sleep 22 hours a day. She had an out of school for 6 week from the doctor for the mono. Yet after avoiding providing a home bound tutor for two weeks ( just like Cobb does) They called and demanded that I bring my daughter in sick on doctors excuse to take the CRCT. See my daughter was an Obama Presidential Scholar at Teasley, which means you must have scored over 90% on the IOWA tests in 5th grade. They desperately needed her top level scores for the school. I dragged this very sick child with a communicable disease in for three days to take Math, writing and reading portions of the CRT. They paid an aide or a substitute teacher to sit and monitor her taking the test for three partial days. Then the Homebound teacher that they finally assigned would show up at my house and told my daughter she was lazy and I wasn't helping, be cause she didn't do any of her assignments in between. I said what don't you get she is sick, I have taken her into school each day to do the CRCT, and she is wiped out.

Now if my Child was not one of those kids that they already had IOWA tests on from the Fall that showed she was 90% and above and let's say she was 15-30% on the IOWA's, they would have jumped for joy that she was out sick, Their have been documented cases of schools un enrolling under performers and re enrolling them after the CRCT.

After the 3 rd CRCT test I told Fulton Count it was over my child would take no more. I had read on the NY times where no District could force your child to take them, and many parents in other states were opting out. I could not risk my child's health for the CRCT.
WestCobbThinker
|
April 20, 2014
@ Sawyer Road Mom and the rest.

Why do I need to help you understand the Constitution of the United States? Are you not a citizen? Do you not vote? Do you not pay taxes? If you are a citizen then, I will argue, that it is your responsibility to understand the Constitution which governs your life and guarantees your rights as a citizen.

But you asked for input so here it is... the Constitution guarantees each and every citizen inalienable rights which include the right to free speech and the right to a 'protest' against the government. What do you think the Civil Rights marches in the sixties were about? What do you think the student/campus protests in the sixties were about? These were protests against the government's laws, regulations, statutes and decisions. The only time any of these protesters 'broke the law' was when they moved beyond peaceful protest to violence.

Our problem today is that, even since the 60s. we've evolved into a citizenry who has abdicated our role, and power, as citizens to... lawyers, courts, politicians and government agencies. We have given too much power to these entities, period. And now, we are at a place where we believe only these entities can have the solution. We've lost faith and trust in ourselves. Frankly, we've been neutered and lobotomized of our rights to be the true citizens who have constitutionally guaranteed rights including the right to speak freely against the government.

Now we have this family in our community who is speaking out against a government program and many think that they're weird, strange or odd balls. So I ask, who should I be concerned about, the protesters or the... "oh just get with the government program" herd?

Folks, it's time to start thinking and quit accepting. It's time to start questioning and quit responding. It's time to be citizens and quit being cattle for the politicians, the bureaucrats, and the academic elites.

Con Stitution
|
April 21, 2014
OK, ok..... we've heard enough. Questioning programs is fine, but the problem here is, most of us VALUE the test results. This is not an extreme "government" program. We are able to think for ourselves and deem worthy or unworthy what we choose. This family made several poor decisions. The first is waiting until the first day of testing to make a stand and the second is going on a media tour, portraying themselves as an average happy normal family. Parents who have known this family for years, know the truth and see this as a publicity stunt, to bring more attention to their cause.
SerfsInWaiting
|
April 21, 2014
Re: but the problem here is, most of us VALUE the test results

@Con Stitution, if you "value" the CRCT, and actually believes it gives you something meaningful about your child, I would agree, that is a problem.

Fair Minded
|
April 21, 2014
Seriously, West Cobb Thinker. It sounded like Sawyer Road Mom found some merit in your arguments and you just basically attacked her. What is interesting is you didn't answer her question at all. You proudly throw around the 14th amendment but can't say how it would apply. Are you referring to due process? Are you trying to say "freedom from testing" is a civil rights issue? Are you saying that testing does not have a compelling government interest? Do tell! You started this argument and this lady just wanted to understand where you were coming from.
BeKindtoEachOther
|
April 19, 2014
This is embarrassin! This is a small community where everyone knows everyone, including principals, teachers and Randy Weiner. The treatment of this family for having an opinion over a test that isn't necessary is abhorrent . These are your neighbors. You don't meet your neighbors with a policeman ready to escort them off the,property they pay for with their tax money. I am a Marietta graduate and can say that I am throughly embarrassed and ashamed. These parents can choose for their kids. And the attacks on them for daring to stand up and say this test is stupid is like mean spirited. Let me say again, these are your neighbors!
T Smith
|
April 19, 2014
You are right on the mark. We LOVE our teachers, principals and Randy Weiner, but we also know who the intolerable, never happy, always complaining on Facebook, political hacks are, too. Those are the people I see around town and just smile and nod, and get on with my day. I've learned there's no winning an argument with crazy folks. I believe this family created this mess for themselves. I feel sorry for the kids.
SerfsInWaiting
|
April 19, 2014
BR549.5 Read the article carefully, specifically this quote:

"She also said she couldn’t guarantee the children would be allowed to go on next week’s field trip during CRCT makeup days, saying she hasn’t met with the DOE, school leadership and the parents yet to come to a resolution."

So the local school officials can't decide if they are going to retaliate against a family who tries to opt out of CRCT testing by denying the child a field trip, until they check with their overlords at the DOE.

Sounds really "friendly" doesn't it?

Because I'm the Mom
|
April 19, 2014
If some of these commenting parents enjoy having the school system make all the decisions concerning the welfare of their children then maybe they need that much help being a parent. IF the Finney's or any other parents are conscientious, know the limits of their individual children, have definitive goals for the education of their children, have accepted the parental responsibility of monitoring the system they have chosen to assist them with reaching educational goals then it is their duty to question the methods employed by that institution. Many teachers are also questioning the validity of these test in contributing to the level of learning. To compare a fourth grade or even eighth grade student with a seasoned veteran preparing for post graduate work is ludicrous. Maybe the focus should not be on the parents who do like the system or the parents who don't like the system, but on finding truth. Who wants to truthfully answer, how does this CRCT testing benefit the student? the teacher? the school system? the government? the cooperation that designs and manufactures testing materials? What is the bottom line in cost to tax payers, days of instruction lost? Does the ends justify the means? Is all of this testing really providing a value equal to its cost?
Sawyer Road Mom
|
April 18, 2014
Serfs in waiting and West Cobb:

You two make some interesting points that I would like to understand before I call my board member.

Can you help me understand what part of the 14th ammendment this violates. Are there any court decisions with this type of issue.

Also, isn't not taking the test illegal since it is state law.

HaleyM
|
April 18, 2014
Was this a "pop" CRCT? Come on, definitely a political stunt!
MiJones1
|
April 18, 2014
I believe in test assessment, but what I don't agree with the CRCT is if you fail you don't get promoted to the next grade- Everyone learns differently and at a different pace. You have some kids who do well all year, but if the test isn't passed then they are to stay put where they are. Also, how does the system handle those children who do well on test but are just passing in regular class work? These scenarios are real.
mom1011
|
April 18, 2014
You really have not heard of social promotion?? Kids also have the chance to take a re-test, if they fail the first one. How does one become an adult without even knowing this basic knowledge. You must not have school aged kids. If not, why are you even posting here???
Bob Barker
|
April 18, 2014
Even for kids who don't test well, pass the test. I believe that if the Finney's kids tested better, we would have never heard of this nonsense.
teacherthinker
|
April 18, 2014
This case should go to court. It doesn't matter whether you or I agree with their decision, the issue is parental rights. In issues like vaccination, I think the state has the right to expect that you will immunize your child because it impacts the rights of others, but the state should have no standing on this issue.

The school has the right to use the test in making decisions such as whether to put a child in an advanced class, but if other measures indicate ability to succeed in the class, I think they should be required to admit a child to advanced even if they didn't take the test. Undoubtably, they may not refuse to educate a child because they didn't take the state test. Calling it "trespassing" if the kids come to school after the test and makeups are over is an inept response and will be overturned at great expense to the district if they should continue upon that ridiculous tack.

Stand your ground, parents. Your rights are the rights of every parent in the country, not just Georgia or Marietta.
Skrap
|
April 18, 2014
Do you seriously want to leave the placement of a child in an advanced lass to the subjective judgment of the teachers and faculty? The parents that complain and argue will get their kids in advanced placement if their is no objective element to the placement of a child in an advanced class. And, what about the use of tests to identify areas a where a child needs extra help. If you a parent can opt out of the CRCT test, what about any test or book report. Should we just accept the parents opinion on how smart their child is. What if a parent doesn't believe in homework? Can the parent opt their child out of homework? Or, book reports, a parent thinks a book report that would need to be competed at home is not good for a third grader, opt out. So every child in public school is entitled to an individualized education that is controlled by a parent that doesn't have any education experience or education related to childhood learning.
Tom Smith
|
April 18, 2014
I, as a parent, think my kid has the ability to succeed in an advance class - so let's require the school to admit him. Where does this stop???? I think my kid has the ability to be on Varsity Football, so require the school to admit him to the team. I, as a parent, think my kid can succeed at UGA, so let's require the university to admit him. Really? Newsflash: Parents aren't always right about their kids, but very often professionally trained teachers, coaches, and administrators are right, even when in conflict with the parents!
Class of '90 MHS
|
April 18, 2014
If my parents behaved like the Finney's, I guess I'd be a stressed out child, crying over an easy test, like the CRCT. I also have a 3rd and 5th grader at WS. They come home energized and happy every day, and not worried about that test, one bit! I don't know of any children stressed about it, except for those with stressed out parents. My heavens, get it together.
TrueMarietta
|
April 18, 2014
I agree. Mrs. Finney is a well known bully and drama starter. Her kids are always having "issues" with someone or something that keep those poor kids from living stress free. It's always a fight with this one and this is just the attention she wants.

Mary rants and raves all over facebook every time her kids don't get invited to a party it's because the "not true marietta's" have conspired against her kids to bully them.
SerfsInWaiting
|
April 18, 2014
@WestCobbThinker

It would not surprise me if most of the readers who reflexively strike out against the Finneys have no idea who Pavlov was.

And therein lies the problem: there is simply a lack of content knowledge, when it comes to machinations of education reform, (as well as apparently, the Constitution of the United States, specifically, the 14th Amendment) to fully appreciate the stand the Finneys are taking on this issue.

Knowledge is power, and LACK of knowledge is power in the hands of local, state, and federal bureaucrats who would abridge the rights of the people.

Your post is spot on. I hope more readers will consider its wisdom.
SerfsInWaiting
|
April 18, 2014
Those who oppose the Finneys,

There is this pesky little thing the Finneys are referring to-it's called The Constitution of the United States, commonly referred to as the supreme law of the land.

And yes, the rights granted within that constitution even supersede the desires of educrats who want to force their own political/educational agenda on students, for their own selfish reasons.

Just the attempts at intimidation directed toward the Finneys for attempting to exercise their constitutional rights should give those who are reflexively supporting the local, state, and federal bureaucrats pause.

And make no mistake, that is exactly what you are doing-reflexively supporting local, state, and federal BUREAUCRATS over the constitutional rights of the average citizen.

Are you sure this is the side of history you want to be on?
BR549.5
|
April 18, 2014
Nice try, SerfsInWaiting. These "bureaucrats" we are accused of supporting are the teachers with our children every day, the principal who greets them in the morning, the people we elect (and the people others elect), our friends, our neighbors. Go in a classroom (I've been in plenty, so I speak from experience). I don't think you'll see the SCARY agenda of SCARY teachers being FORCED on children. They're just learning stuff. Good for them.

This family has rights, especially the right not to put their kids in public school. I support this right of theirs. Non-reflexively.
SerfsInWaiting
|
April 18, 2014
Trust me BR549.5 I know a thing or three about classrooms as well. And you better believe at this point it is NOT the classroom teacher OR the "friendly principal" pushing the school system's response. You better believe the higher ups are definitely nervous that this will set a precedent for opting out as is happening in other states.

No, there isn't a "SCARY" agenda; it's a SUBTLE agenda. (Why do you think things like Common Core were so stealth like in implementation; why do you think, now that parents have become aware, states are suddenly changing the name of Common Core?)

Teachers are just pawns, relatively powerless ones at that. (You think teachers are happy being judged by test scores according to a VAM that the state DOE has yet to clearly define? Seriously?)

Think how long the cheating scandal lasted in APS. You don't think plenty of teachers knew, tried to speak out, only to find themselves retaliated against? All in the name of the mighty CRCT?

If you don't think the feds have an undue influence in education, think of the recent snowstorm. Your friendly teacher, friendly librarian, friendly principal...all forced to open schools, in defiance of complete logic and common sense, because if they could keep them open until 11:00 they could call it a full day and get funds for that day.

You think your "friendly teacher" wanted to stay overnight in her school, due to the shortsightedness of the bureaucrats above her?
WestCobbThinker
|
April 18, 2014
What's more concerning than this family's issue with the CRT and Marietta school system are you commenters who immediately line up behind the CRT and the... System.

People, it's ok to - Think - and have a different opinion. In fact, as one commenter brought up, our Constitution guarantees us the right to Think and Dissent. I find it refreshing that this family is standing up against the CRT and questioning the test's true value and intent.

But the rest of you scare me because you're acting like Pavlov's dogs and responding to the sound of the... Educrats. Moreover, some of your comments sound like you want to ostracize this family from the community, particularly the public education system, simply because they don't agree.

Folks, this is America and each of us has the freedom to Think, Reason and Decide. If you have a problem with this then maybe you should check in with Cuba or North Korea because in these countries they're all about conforming and you would probably fit in just fine.
anonymous
|
April 18, 2014
What's funny to all of us, is you think you know this family. All is us here in MARIETTA are familiar with Mary Finney's "Tin Foil Hat" concerns and rants. She's all over Facebook with it. She has ostracized herself and her family from the community, by her rants and paranoid delusions. None of us are surprised by this stance. It's par for the course with them.

We just refuse to jump on the crazy train with them.
Elizabeth Mead
|
April 18, 2014
It's concerning that West Cobb thinker assumes that anyone who dissents from her reasoning, means we don't think. Maybe the people here know a bit more about the situation than you do. Ponder that....
douglas county
|
April 18, 2014
Look. COBB is listed as one of the best districts in the country. One family having certain issues is not a crisis. Parents need to be helping children learn, what does it teach them to avoid a line of testing? YOU mom and dad have the ability to homeschool, or private school, or tutor. We did, and one went 9-12 to public school.(graduating with honors) My profession causes me to test every 3 yr minimum and if I change employers, not to mention new method, new platforms, annual recurring training etc...
Straight Talker
|
April 18, 2014
Why dont you just home school your kids or send them to a private school that doesnt use standardized testing. The truth is, children are devestated over the Standardized testing, parents are. If your children were blowing the top off the test I guarantee you would not open your mouths. It would be a means of gloating. People like you are never happy because your imperfect children cant look perfect on a test. If you grew up in the last 50 years, you took them and look, you survived. We are raising a generation of whiners and complainers. I dont want to take the test.... so he diesnt have to. I guess your kids wont go to college because you have to take a test to get in. If you raise your kids to do their best and that the score is only a number and not a mark of who they are, the stress of the test wont exist and they would probably score well. But its the people of faux superiority that make excuses and put more status in the test than there really is. You are raising kids that will grow up thinking they dont have to follow rules and YOU are putting the undo stress, if there really is this stress. GRWUP whining adults. Make your kid take the test and get over it. Teach them to try their best and accept when they do there is no shame and help them be successful in what they are good at. Teach them to love themselves and others. Too many bad things in the world and all you can gripe about is a test. Really??
Bob Marley
|
April 17, 2014
Wow, amazing that parents teach their kids how to be quitters at a young age. Too bad the real world doesn't work that way. Putting your kids in the paper like that is shameful.
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides