Happening Now: Grading Student’s Behavior & Personality

PolitiChicks.comThe Sacramento Bee just reported on a story that should make every parent cringe.

For those skeptics who just didn’t believe us when we said that schools were very much recording your child’s attitude, behaviors, and beliefs as much as anything else, well…here’s my “told ya so!”  I have written about attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs before and how some people in the education reform movement want to change them.

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There are so many behavior modification programs in every public school these days that it’s hard to keep track sometimes.

How does one decide if the behavior mod is working? Why, we grade them on it! Of course, not every school is doing this yet. Most of the time the teacher’s perceptions are recorded or the child is “scored” by earning points and that will then go into a system (like Teaching Strategies Gold) and it spits out information on your child.

As the Sacramento Bee reports, though, “…when it comes to attributes such as grit or being sensitive to others, they give students one of four marks: A for almost always, O for often, S for sometimes and R for rarely.

It goes on to say,

“Sacramento City Unified’s new report cards incorporate the district’s social and emotional learning philosophy by measuring “behaviors that support learning,” such as whether a student “makes respectful choices and considers the well-being of others,” using a scale that runs from “outstanding” to “needs improvement.”

The goal here must obviously be to change a student’s score of R for rarely to A for almost always. Thus, changing the behavior. Behavior modification achieving what it is created to achieve. I call it brainwashing.

In case you don’t see what is terrifying about this let me just point out that these areas of personality are not able to be measured objectively. There is no objective standard for this.

Grit and tenacity were in the title of a scary government document talking about measuring these traits. Many people in the Department of Education laughed and said this was just a “what if” type document. It had nothing to do with the Common Core or anything related to education reform, according to them.

Yet here we are. Many districts are in the process of changing their report card system and adding new areas to be graded. Some parents are blinded into thinking they now see more clearly how their child is developing. Because their report card shows they have great tenacity or perseverance they think it must be so.

Again, I must point out, this is not objective! It is all subjective. It is all up to what the teacher sees in a student; as in, is the student conforming to this particular teacher’s vision of what he or she wants her students to emulate.

This is not only frightening, it’s stupid and it’s a huge waste of time and therefore tax dollars.

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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