Teen Totally Destroys Common Core in Just 5-Minute Speech (VIDEO)

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Ethan YoungIf you haven't already heard the name Ethan Young, get ready. The Tennessee high school student will soon be a household name thanks in no small part to a speech that's gone viral. In just five minutes, the high school senior systematically takes apart the Common Core education initiative, which is so controversial that thousands of parents kept their kids home from school today to protest it.

Whether you agree with his argument or not, it's nice to see a teenager taking a stand. But Young isn't just well-spoken. He's well-researched.

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Check out some of the highlights of his impressive speech, given at a Knox County School Board meeting:

1. I stand before you because I care about education, but also because I want to support my teachers. And just as they fought for my academic achievement, so I want to fight for their ability to teach.

2. Standards-based education is ruining the way we teach and learn.

3. Much like No Child Left Behind, the program promises national testing and a one-size-fits-all education, because hey, it worked so well the first time.

4. If everything I learn in high school is a measurable objective, I have not learned anything.

5. Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves -- pleading, screaming, and trying to say to us that we teach to free minds. We teach to inspire. We teach to equip, the careers will come naturally.

Watch Ethan's inspiring speech:

How do you feel about Common Core? Is it helping your kids or hurting them?


Image via Ethan Young/YouTube

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schlis schlis

It is one of the main reasons my kids will be going to a private school.

adamat34 adamat34

Good for this young man!! Proves to me not all teens are shirtless, beltless flat brimmed hat wearing goofballs hanging out at circle k!

Hopefully his confident mind with grow and we will see more of his thoughtful insights.

nonmember avatar John

NCLBH did make teachers accountable for actual results - not a perfect law by any means but it did put under performing schools on notice. Also, this guy wants an education disconnected from actual quantitative outcomes.

"We teach to equip, the careers will come naturally." Especially when kids can't do algebra or write coherent sentences and unions continue to block ineffective teachers from being fired.

Kimmy... KimmyKate

Common Core mathematics is a waste of time!  My daughter, who has ADD, is in the 4th grade and this new way of teaching multiplication and division are not helping her.  The process is so long and drawn out and she gets so frustrated easily by all the extra work.  She can do both processes using standard form and get the correct answer.  I totally object to the division technique!  This new way will get them the correct quotient but the remainder is usually off.  Close enough is not good enough for me.

ashjo85 ashjo85

Love this kid!

redK8... redK8blueSt8

Common Core has me reconsidering home schooling almost every day. From the math where 11.5 is rounded down to 10 instead of up to 12, to the pornography book that is suggested reading for high school sophomores (Dreaming in Cuban, http://standupforthetruth.com/2013/09/common-core-porn-for-10th-graders/ ).

Common Core seems to set out to dramatically do what the public schooling system was designed to do; teach people what the government wanted them to know, enough to do the work that was required but not enough that people would begin to question said government. Look it up, that's what public schools were designed to do.

Deborah Tremmel

His teachers should be commended. They helped shape him. What a speech!!! He is amazing!! He would make a fine politician.

Debbie Gancitano

What an inspiring young man. I hope everyone's ears are open wide. Education is about teaching kids what they need to know for life.

lulou lulou

I chose the school district where we moved to based on the results of the states high school math meets.

Lets take 5238x6381, you could do that on a calculator, or you could write it all out like I was taught back in the day, or you could do it the way the common core standards instruct -  5000x6000 first, to get your estimate, then so on and so on.  I like that. 

nonmember avatar Steve


I much prefer standard long multiplication.

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