Sydney Smoot, a fourth grader at Brooksville Elementary, shared her concerns on testing in schools with members of the Hernando County School Board at their regular meeting on March 17, 2015.



  1. Mr Diesel says:

    She would be a better choice for president than the idiot we have now or the dipshit Hillary that wants to run.

  2. bobbo, the Flaming Liberal so far to the Left of Obama I think he is actually a Republican Light of 30 years ago..... just what happened??? says:

    I was flunking out of school so Maw and Paw put me in Jesuit School where I got test, ranked, and a weekly report of same to Maw and Paw. I started out testing at no 47 out of 51. Worked my way up to No 3 as I recall.

    Weekly testing………turned me right around.

    • NewFormatSux says:

      Maybe they should start again.

    • Flaming, yes, but liberal?

      I just heard some news near and dear to your heart, in response to the Religious Resotration Act.

      Evidently, as I type, a corporation called “Westboro Baptist Gay Wedding Outreach” is being created to subcontract Gay buisness from Christian bakers and wedding Photographers.

      They will tailor their “outreach” (which will span both the locality of the event and outside personal homes of attendees (Occupy Wall Street/Labor Union style) with protests for Traditional marriage and 2nd Amendment.

      There is no law against subcontracting business to other providers. Coupled with online donations, they expect to offer greatly reduced rates to Christian business, even for massive presence while delivering the product Gays insisted Christians deliver.

      • Correction: No second Amendment Reference will be made, only WestBoro style references to Gays the progressive media has come to love at Military Funerals.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          Alfie–as usual, your manipulated attempt to have every issue smear the libs while championing the thumpers …… looks as honest as Governor Pence…. and just as foolish for not admitting the truth.

          The truth is: EVERYONE hates the WestBoro Baptist Church (sic) which as anti-religion as I am, I still think such terminology rings false against religion and churches. WBBC is just a nutbag male dragging his wifey and kiddies into his own private mania. Hmmmm….that does kinda fit all religions.

          I guess its a numbers game?

          • The legal “LGBT protection racket” against Christian business, forcing them to serve at Gay weddings so they can be mocked for their faith, as created a proportionate response.

            A franchise of the Westboro Baptist Homosexual Outreach Inc will subcontract any work Christians don’t want.

            Gay could have used the many secular and gay Wedding services for their event, but they chose to enslave Christians against their religion, to mock and belittle their beliefs.

            I have no sympathy for them at all, a WestBoro response is clearly proportionate, and appropriate.

            As you may know, the courts have fully defended Westboro’s right to do what they do best, offend in public. That concept will be franchised, and on line donations sought to offset the cost of massive protests that will appear with the “servers” of cake and photographers.

            its an idea whose time has come.

            It is said Window posters and signed warnings all such work is subcontracted to “Westboro”, will warn any would be extortioners, they may rue the day they thought it fun to trample upon the rights of others.

            Certainly their wedding, their gleeful intent to mock and extort protection money from Christian businesses, might not happen as planned.

          • Wow! A possible slogan being poll tested:

            “Reach out and touch a Fag Today!”

            and

            “Got Westboro?”

          • I’m beginning to think the rumor is false, unless its unaffiliated with Westboro

            Nothing about it on their site or on twitter:

            https://twitter.com/wbcsaysrepent

            http://godhatesfags.com/twitter.html

          • While I agree they have managed to piss off almost everyone, clearly its not all, many show up at their protests.

            I disagree with inflammatory rhetoric and offensive statements about. Citing the reports does not imply agreement.

            But i do attribute the possible rise of such a group, is the natural result of targeting Christian business for extortion and ridicule. Under the principle of “self defense”, its a defensible response.

          • On 3:31/20115 I emailed Westboro the following, to learn the truth of this:
            To:
            ChosenOfTheLordAndPrecious@wbcstuff.com

            Subject:

            Is it true you are franchising “Westboro Homosexual Wedding Outreach?”

            Greetings

            There is a rumor Westboro or an unaffiliated corporation will subcontract Wedding related business Christian bakers and photographers don’t want.

            That the full “Westboro” treatment will accompany any wedding cake and photography and that on line donations to help offset the cost for Christian bakers etc, will be set up.

            But I can find nothing about this on the Net.

            Is it true there will be a response to the LGBT extortion racket against Christian business, and their intent to mock believers who are forced to serve them at their weddings?

            thanks
            al

          • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist asking what will SkyNet think of AGW? says:

            Oxymoronic:

            1. WBCC = Many show up

            2. Christian Business aka The power to oppress others in the name of free exercise.

            Head up your ass and firmly locked.

            Typical.

          • Incorrect. Christians like me got into business following the teaching of Paul on this:

            7 For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didn’t behave ourselves rebelliously among you,
            8 neither did we eat bread from anyone’s hand without paying for it, but in labor and travail worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you;
            9 not because we don’t have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us.
            10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: “If anyone will not work, neither let him eat.”
            11 For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who don’t work at all, but are busybodies.
            12 Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
            (2TH 3:7-12 WEB)

            WE don’t ask for donations, we work with our own hands and give to our LORD what costs us nothing:

            The king said to Araunah, “No; but I will most certainly buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to Yahweh my God which cost me nothing.” (2SA 24:24 WEB)

            So the protection racket of LGBT lawyers is particularly pernicious, they are attacking our religious liberty, our right to express our religious devotion to God.

            Therefore, I personally would gladly subcontract any feigned commerce whose goal is to defraud my ministry in Christ, to any group that offering a reasonable chance of success.

            If they refuse our subcontractor then hopefully there would be legal grounds to bankrupt them, like the the gallows of Haman was turned upon him.

          • What does NOT cost us nothing, which is the opposite of relying upon the wealth of others.

          • I should point out, this doesn’t affect me personally, my business serves all, every race and sex and even transhuman.

            But, if I had a religious objection as some of these do, then in America their freedom of religion should be protected, they shouldn’t be forced to go against values religious people held since the beginning of time.

            That would be unAmerican.

          • Bobbo:

            You never commented on the issue itself. To illustrate my objection, suppose your print shop was on a street with dozens of other print shops, many of them owned and specializing in Republican and Tea Party events.

            My attorneys researched them all, including your shop and we are aware of your strong feelings against the Tea Party. So we target your shop, insist you personally attend our functions sporting our Tea Party slogans, to ridicule you personally for your liberal beliefs.

            You insist on the right, as an American, not to be forced into servitude for a cause you truly hate. So we sue you, take your business, your house, your bank account, and you end up homeless.

            Do you believe your first Amendment right to free speech was nullified. IN fact, we bankrupted you for expressing your opinion. While we could have used the printer next door to you, who was begging us for our business, then would couldn’t ridicule you and your beliefs, in public; Nor could be bankrupt you for refusing to print our slogans you hate.

            Were you treated as an American, or not?

            I have LGBT employees, nothing in my business precludes serving all with cash to pay, so none of this affects me personally. But I think and injustice is occurring here, something intrinsically unAmerican, that cannot fail to diminish the rights of us all to live as a free people. Forced servitude, to those we completely disagree with, compelled to propagate beliefs we oppose, while becoming objects of their public ridicule and derision, is not tolerance by any definition of the term.

            Its tyranny.

          • Lest you say free speech is different than freedom of religion, both are protected by the same 1st Amendment.

            So they are related enough to concern all lovers of free speech. You can’t have true freedom of speech, without freedom of religion.

            The founders understood that.

  3. Mr Diesel says:

    I would be classified as ADD now in a school but it turns out it was boredom. Solid B-C student until I got out into the world. Only studied stuff that didn’t bore me and was number 1 or 2 from 18 on. Had to help teach several of my college engineering classes because the instructors couldn’t teach. I pissed off a lot of them because I had more knowledge and experience than them by the time I got to college.

    This girl is pretty darn good for any age.

    • bobbo, the Flaming Liberal so far to the Left of Obama I think he is actually a Republican Light of 30 years ago..... just what happened??? says:

      She is a cutie pie….but only reading what her parents gave her……….but I agree, high verbal skills.

      Boredom hits boys greater than girls. We NEED PE/phys ed. Dodge ball was really a lot of fun–even when getting hit full in the face. Too dangerous even for schools that do offer sports.

  4. fishguy says:

    Shut up, slaves!

  5. Spanky Slave says:

    Shut up slave!

  6. NewFormatSux says:

    So apparently the girl’s self esteem of making a watered down honor roll matters more than a test that actually tests her knowledge of the state curriculum.

  7. Clearly a Tea Party conservative vrs the liberal lunatic school system.

    Right on lil sister, demand they cease and desist!

  8. John E. Quantum says:

    The generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and machinists that put man on the moon played outside at recess (even in the winter), didn’t wear bike helmets and weren’t subjected to standardized testing.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      ……….and they worked for and were funded by the Gubment.

      …………………we need another moon shot for Green Energy.

  9. ECA says:

    REALLY want a standard?

    Give it to the Parents and teachers FIRST…and POST the scores.

    Anyone that gets a better score then Parents and teachers, GETS AN A’

  10. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist asking what will SkyNet think of AGW? says:

    Alfie==you confuse the practice of religion (internal to yourself) with the oppression of other people. The distinction is very clear when you express the 1st Amendment as freedom FROM religion as an expanded understanding of freedom of religion.

    You see the distinction?

    Choosing to go into commerical businesses is NOT the practice of religion.

    All too common an error to think that you are being repressed if you can’t force your opinions on other people. STOP being so judgmental…… leave that for God in the afterlife.

    Yea, verily!

  11. noname says:

    Some emoting snippets:

    FSA testing … I consider myself a well educated young lady …. 5 years of school dosn’t matter … this testing looks at me a number, one test defines defines me as a failure or a success … one test at the end of the year at the end of the year after the teacher or my self will even see the grade until after the school year is over … I feel

    She lost me when she said I feel….

    The whole purpose of most, if not all academic testing is to reduce a person’s achievement to a number!

    She seems to be saying look at me
    *I am cute
    *I may read well what others have written
    *I am a white little charming girl
    *Did I say I am cute

    I am sorry but academic testing does reduce a person’s achievement to a number!

    American public school as a WHOLE are failing at teaching CHILDREN at world wide competitive academic levels.
    Face it, the rest of the world has caught up and exceeded USA in academic levels!!! Grow UP and study harder!!!

    *The world doesn’t care how cute you where as a child!
    *The world doesn’t care as a child how well you can read other peoples writing!

    The only solution that teacher unions offer is: IF YOU PAY US MORE, THINGS WILL GET BETTER!!! BULL SHIT!

    Well, we have been paying teachers more. In FACT AMERICAN teachers are the 6th highest paid in the world!!!

    YET:

    U.S. students ranked below average in math among the world’s most-developed countries. They were close to average in science and reading. In mathematics, 29 nations and other jurisdictions outperformed the United States by a statistically significant margin!!!!

    Obviously increasing pay is not the answer!!! Teacher unions have not contributed to student achievement!!!!

  12. bobbo, in point of fact says:

    This kiddie was interviewed on Melissa Perry’s (?) show. Surprisingly, the kiddie comes off answering direct questions without any help from her mom.

    Kiddie says she wrote it with help from her mother. I believe her. The “idea” of the conflict was created by the mom but experienced by the kiddie.

    Amazing how sharp some kiddies can be.

    Most of education is NOT about learning but rather is about socialization. Our schools failing at both jobs.

    As Dear Old Dad used to say about my complaining: “Your job is to learn despite the teachers.”

    That proved true about most aspects of life.


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