“We teach to free minds.” Has anyone ever stated the purpose of education more succinctly? It is certainly not kind of declaration likely to be heard in any teacher-training institution.
The words were those of Ethan Young, a high-school senior in Knoxville, TN, who mustered the courage to take the allotted five minutes and critique the Common Core national standards before his local school board and administration. So brilliantly did Young expose Common Core as a killer of innovation and individualism that a video of his November 6 presentation already has had more than 1.4 million “views” on YouTube.
You can watch Young’s presentation here.