ENTIRE CLASS of Seattle high school students sends an EPIC message to Obama

Despite having their brains implanted with progressive mush, there may be hope for the youth of America after all – in ultra-liberal Seattle yet!

The entire junior class of Nathan Hale High School — 280 students in all – voted with their feet and did not show up to participate in Common Core-type reading and math exams last week.

As the Seattle Times reports:

Testing started Tuesday at the school, where a group of teachers, administrators, parents and students had earlier agreed to boycott the exams, called Smarter Balanced, which are replacing Washington’s old statewide tests.

Under pressure from the district’s top administrators, the school’s leaders capitulated, sending an email to families saying they would give the test after all.

But the 280 juniors — who don’t need to pass the Smarter Balanced exam to graduate from high school — opted out anyway.

Half the juniors at three other Seattle high schools — Roosevelt, Ingraham and Garfield — have also opted out so far, according to early district estimates. But those numbers could change once testing starts, as they did at Nathan Hale, Howard said.

Seattle is not alone. Similar tests have sparked protests in Oregon, New Mexico and New York, among other places.

In Washington, families have the right to excuse their children from taking state exams, but only a handful in each grade usually do so.

It sure is nice to see some of America’s youth willing to stand for what they believe.

And just in case you forgot, Nathan Hale was the Revolutionary War hero who famously proclaimed, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” just before he was executed by the British for being a spy.

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rickochey
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good…

Brendan
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High School students are told they have a choice…

They can stay in school all day and take a test for hours.
or…
They can leave school early and do what they want.

Wow… what a shock that a bunch of teenagers chose to leave school early instead of taking a test.

But go ahead Ms Hickford and believe that this was a deliberate organized act of defiance by young people against President Obama.
HAHAHAHA

wisegal1958
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Wow. You spin more than a Maytag. They can’t do this without the parents’ letting them, so no matter how you would like to look at it, it is what it is-a protest!

Dorrie
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Correct. They aren’t college students, they are required to be in school or get a failing grade.

Brendan
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Read the article before making assumptions. The decision was up to the students.

Brendan
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Wrong You’re about to look pretty dumb. You accused me of spinning, but you just made up your own facts. You said i was wrong because the students could not opt out without parental permission. You just made that up or assumed it and you are wrong. Read the news article that is linked in the above story. There is nothing about parental consent being needed . In fact, permit me to quote from the story you did not bother to read before making assumptions…. ********* “They didn’t skip school all day,” district spokeswoman Stacy Howard said. “They just didn’t… Read more »
KJinWTexas
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As has been reported by other sites, the students were indeed protesting the test. I’ve read it in several different places, starting yesterday.

Brendan
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This came from the students… or this came from other sites making that assumption?

Ann Inquirer
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You are not following the hundreds of anti-Common Core and anti-testing groups on Fb which are the grass roots all across the US of this revolt.

Brendan
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i am well aware of the opposition to common core testing.

I am simply pointing out that if you make a test optional, and give teenagers the option of sitting in a testing room or leaving school early, it is more than a little presumtuous to assume that their decision to have the rest of the day off was politically motivated.

Leif
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Every single one of them? In conjunction with their parents okaying it?

Brendan
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Their parents did not have to okay it according the the attached news story

Jeremy Nix
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Brendan.. you already look extremely foolish, why open your blow hole & confirm it for everyone? Let me guess, change we can believe in? I can only imagine how ridiculous you look in your Osama/Obama pajamas. Do they still fit or did you have to cut out the little feet ?

Brendan
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Sorry kid. The facts of the article back up my point.
You are just being a troll and hurling childish insults because you don’t like that I’m right.

Chuck Jones
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Wrong.

Brendan
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Actually, I’m right. Try reading the actual article before making assumptions.

TingleMoops
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Considering the nerds didn’t take the tests even, I do think they did it for political reasons. Probably not as a knock to Big O though. After all, Common Core is descended from NCLB.

Brendan
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The nerds?
It was also announced that this test would have no effect on their grades

Chuck Jones
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Give it up troll.

Brendan
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Sorry kid. I’m getting my facts straight from the article. You are making assumptions and hurling insults. That makes you the troll.

Bill Crowley
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Uh, Brendan…since you have the above article memorized, please show me where it says the kids SKIPPED SCHOOL in order to not take the test. If I’m reading it correctly, they “voted with their feet” to skip the test…it didn’t say they did not attend classes that day. In my school, students who opt out of the state mandated tests still have to attend….they just do not report to the test taking area. Now, the kids mentioned might have skipped school, but the article you are so fond of quoting precisely does not specifically state they were absent from school.… Read more »
Brendan
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Why don’t you show me where i said the kids SKIPPED SCHOOL.

I never said that .

they left early.
They didn’t take the test.
You are the one assuming that they instead went to other classrooms.

From the article…

“They didn’t skip school all day,” district spokeswoman Stacy Howard said. “They just didn’t show up during the testing period.”

Dorrie
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Exactly. They have to attend school, but little Brenda felt she had to lecture me otherwise, which she is dead wrong. 😉

TingleMoops
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Nerds care still.

Ann Inquirer
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This is all well and good, but the tests are not the problem. It is the poison content in the textbooks and assignments, the “progressive mush,” that is the problem. All else is a purposeful distraction from the #LeftIslamicAxis pulling the Common Core strings since they are publishing and writing the content. Here’s a long but only partial list of the toxic content being taught to American kids. https://www.facebook.com/AnnInquirer/photos/a.630982070336848.1073741836.355910681177323/635499663218422/?type=3&theater

SubSumeYou
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It’s a start.

Earl Lee
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Really….they sent a message to Obama huh?? WOW!!!

Aranna Vallotton
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Yeah, and as soon as they figure out which golf course he is at, they are going to let him have it…lol

Scott Wilson
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Brendan, let’s try copy and paste from the article. Teachers, administrators, parents and students had earlier agreed to boycott the exams and, In Washington, families have the right to excuse their children from taking state exams, Maybe you should read the article because it sounds like a planned protest to me. Sounds like you are coming to your own conclusions just to give credence to Obama.

Brendan
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You didn’t even read the article, did you? Michele Hickford quoted a piece of the article in this column she wrote. but she also provided a link to the full article.. .which you obviously did not read. Read the full article and maybe you will know what you are talking about. You completely missed the whole part where they did NOT boycott the exams. Originally administrators and teachers were set to boycott the exam… but they gave in and held the exam any way. So aside from missing that the boycott was cancelled… you also missed this part…. ********* “They… Read more »
nja
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Good for them!

Elainne Stevens
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You can bet that obamas kids are not doing common core!!

Paul Sheridan
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What does this have to do with Barry?

Dorrie
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Brendon is a know-it-all troll It’s best to not even address him.

Brendan
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Yet here you are addressing me.
Sorry kid… you’re the troll here.
I came bringing the facts of the article into this discussion.
You came just to insult me.