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Opt out movement calls for dissolution of state testing


It’s almost tradition that tests become every student’s nightmare.

There has been a lot of noise in New York City over United Opt Out, a movement trying to bring about the end of all mandatory state tests.

The movement wants to liberate the students from what they consider to be incompetent teaching.

Most of the union is made up of unsatisfied parents who argue that their children don’t learn enough material in the classroom. The parents say students’ learning is selective toward the mandatory state tests, which leave out certain topics.

The  union, according to its message, attempts to give students a better chance at learning.

From the point of view of those who are for the opt-out movement, students are not learning what they are supposed to. Instead, students are taught only to pass the state test or benchmark, preventing them from achieving the true form of education.

There has been a lot of commotion over this union. Students of all grades and ages have fallen into the trend of not paying attention—in class or to their education as a whole. Though this may not be true for all students, too many have written off their education.

This “I don’t care about school” attitude affects student’s learning every year. It is more than just ineffective teaching harming students. It is the lack of desire coming from students to learn or to take their education seriously. Eliminating mandatory state tests will only add to the careless attitude expressed so strongly by students.

I think state testing should be mandatory because it draws the line of what can and cannot be overlooked by students.

The elimination of mandatory state tests is like letting go of the hand of a baby that is learning how to walk. The mandatory state tests are holding up the trembling students who haven’t figured out the importance of their learning. Having that hand pulled away from them will result in a complete disaster.

The United Opt Out webpage is detailed as an organization that “(shares) information and initiates collective local and national actions to end the reign of fear and terror promoted by the high stakes testing agenda.”

There is no fear brought by state tests other than the pressure of knowing whether you’ll pass the or not. It does the complete opposite—the tests motivate students to focus in school. Getting rid of these mandatory state tests will cause damage to the education system we can’t imagine.

Follow Evelin Garcia on Twitter at @Eveling285.