Fourth grader Sydney Smoot delivered this emphatic speech in front of her school board.
In the argument over standardized testing, one perspective that's often overlooked is that of the students themselves. Then again, not many high schoolers can express themselves as well as young Sydney Smoot here.
Ms. Smoot is an elementary school student from Hernando County, FL. In this clip, she is addressing the Hernando County School Board to protest her school's reliance on the Florida Standards Assessment, a test commissioned from a private company after Florida dropped the Common Core. Her argument against the FSA specifically make a lot of sense, but this speech could really be applied to any of the standardized tests that have completely taken over every policy decision in public schools across the US.
Let's hope more students like Sydney step up and make their voices heard. She's living proof that children aren't just our future, they're our present too.