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Written Testimony of Owasso Parent, Kristal Picolet

Written Testimony of Owasso Parent, Kristal Picolet

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Owasso, Oklahoma parent, Kristal Picolet provided testimony before the House Administrative Rules Committee during their Common Core Interim Study. She explained how she had seen this begun in Colorado when her family had lived there and how her family moved to Oklahoma to try and escape the Common Core. Her children were so petrified of school that she felt she had to become outspoken on the issue in order to be an advocate for her children.
Owasso, Oklahoma parent, Kristal Picolet provided testimony before the House Administrative Rules Committee during their Common Core Interim Study. She explained how she had seen this begun in Colorado when her family had lived there and how her family moved to Oklahoma to try and escape the Common Core. Her children were so petrified of school that she felt she had to become outspoken on the issue in order to be an advocate for her children.

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Thank You
Thank you kindly for allowing me the opportunity to come and personally speak here today. I am eager to share with each of you my personal experience, and the direct impact common core had upon my children.
 
Important Decisions in this building!
 I actually remember back in 6
th
 grade taking a school field trip to the Capitol building. Are schools even allowed to do that anymore? Anyways, I specifically remember getting really dressed up because we knew we were going to a REALLY important place. We hopped on the
bus and toured the inside and out of the Capitol. I especially recall thinking as a child, “WOW, This is a really scary place!” I know all these people who work here are REALLY important, but
I never want to do this important job when I get older. Well now, 20 years later here I am. Only this time I am here as a very concerned parent. I am here once again, in this VERY important place facing all of you VERY important people.
I honestly DO NOT want to be here, in fact, I tried for years to avoid putting myself in these situations. I do not choose to fight common core and education reform because I have
nothing better to do with my free time. I did not choose this…it chose me. I watched my own 2 kids, along with the 32 other kids in my children’s class suffer, it absolutely tears your heart
out. I know for a fact we do not have 33 failing children in one class, especially in Kindergarten and 1
st
 Grade. And I certainly know we do not have 65 failing teachers. What we do have, because I have witnessed it first hand, is a broken set of standards , also known as Outcome Based education, and it completely removes children from the outcome. We have turned schools into corporate entities at the expense of the students, and those students are the ones paying the consequences!!
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Can’t go through the motions
 
My point is this, now as an adult I truly see just how important this Capitol building and all of the people in here really are. In fact, talk about changing lives, talk about impacting an entire state, impacting an entire generation even. This TRULY is a VERY important place; each person in this building is a life changer. Senators, Governors, Mayors, Representatives
and all of their assistant’s walk in and out of this Capitol building day in
and day out. They make vital decisions on a daily basis, decisions that affect each and every one of us in this room. Decisions that affect our children, and more importantly, decisions that effect our entire future.
So, this education reform certainly is not something we should be taking lightly. We have an entire generation of children relying on these significant decisions. And let me tell you why MY family is unique and different, we do not look at this education reform, these so-called higher academic standards on paper or in theory.
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