I’ve taken the liberty of creating Facebook groups for each school district in Delaware. This way parents can get together and plan opt-out strategies together. I suggested going to the school board meeting in your district, speak for 20 seconds about who your child or children are, that you want them to opt out, and give an opt out letter to the school board president. The original article for that from a week ago was here:
What do you need to do? Join your district opt out group on Facebook, and SPREAD THE WORD. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your enemies, tell anyone who will listen! Just talk about it. If you want to be really radical, tell people at church, put flyers on windshields at your local grocery store, give them to parents at school sporting events, just do SOMETHING! Because if you do nothing, nothing will happen. Share this link on Facebook, put it on Twitter, Instagram, wherever you can! Make opt out cupcakes for kids at Halloween!
To get a quick link to all the Facebook groups for each district, just go to this list:
Caesar Rodney: https://www.facebook.com/groups/330217710494265/
Cape Henlopen: https://www.facebook.com/groups/659590697473347/
Indian River: https://www.facebook.com/groups/343734129141847/
Lake Forest: https://www.facebook.com/groups/328549060664391/
New Castle County Vo-Tech: https://www.facebook.com/groups/703996539678113/
Red Clay Consolidated: https://www.facebook.com/groups/290247144492167/
Sussex Tech: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1522571074626892/
All Charter Schools in Delaware: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1477351309213561/
If you want to know all the reasons why Common Core is bad for your child, I highly recommend joining this group:
Delaware Against Common Core: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157115501116902/
If you are against what the Governor Markell, Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and the Delaware Department of Education are doing with the “priority schools”, please join this group:
Delaware Parents Against Priority Schools: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1474847392802505/
I will also keep this in my menu guide with links below the title of this blog.
It’s past time parents started taking their children’s education back and helped to get rid of Common Core and standardized testing once and for all. It will never happen if you do nothing. It is controversial, and it will piss people off, but if enough of us do it, things will change.
Capital School District in Dover has a board meeting Wednesday night (October 15th) and already has this on their agenda for discussion. They want and need parent support.
3.10 State Assessment Parent Opt Out (Resolution No. 15-041)
Parents aren’t the only ones thinking opt out is a good choice, so you are not alone on this if you are already leaning towards it. It’s a big choice, I understand. Some may ask if I’ve opted my own son out. Yes I did. I did it through a letter to the editor in the Delaware State News, which posted on October 7th. But if that isn’t sufficient, I will be at the Capital Board meeting, and I will do what I am asking every parent of a student in Delaware to do at a board meeting. It is actually a relief once you do it, like a great weight has been lifted. Yes, you will get grief for it, but your kid won’t have to take the test. It may start small and you will feel like a voice crying out in the wilderness. That’s okay, I feel like I’ve been doing that sometimes for the past six months! Whatever your differences, where you come from, what you do, who you are- none of that matters. It’s what’s best for our children.
Please go and join the Facebook page for your district. I will stay on as admin until things get up and running, and then if you want to be an admin just let me know! Thank you Delaware parents, and please do the right thing for your child.