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This 9-Year-Old Girl Brilliantly Attacks Standardized Testing In America

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Sydney Smoot is only 9-years-old, but already this little girl realizes that standardized testing marginalizes the children in her school. Smoot argues that educators are turning children into numbers and not treating them like people.

During a March 17 Hernando County School Board meeting, Smoot stood up to deliver a speech that brilliantly condemned the Florida Standards Assessment Test.

She makes the argument, as many adults have in the past, that standardized testing simply teaches children to memorize answers, rather than learn how to build knowledge.

Sydney Smoot and her speech against standardized testing

The best part of the speech? The little girl is 100% confident in her speech and she delivers it like an adult.

The 9-year-olds speech was posted to YouTube by HITV on March 18 and it has racked up more than 507,000 views. 887 people have given a thumbs up to the video. 12 mean-hearted adults have given the video thumbs down votes.

TELL US: Do you think standardized testing needs to go away completely in the United States?

James Vanderhoff
James Vanderhoff is a former editor at http://www.popcrunch.com

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