Courtesy of chm.
In 1957 a new drug burst on the European market. Marketed in 1957 in West Germany under the trade-name Contergan. The German drug company Chemie Grünenthal (now Grünenthal) developed and sold the drug. Primarily prescribed as a sedative or hypnotic, thalidomide also claimed to cure “anxiety, insomnia, gastritis, and tension”. Afterwards, it was used against nausea and to alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women. Thalidomide became an over the counter drug in Germany on October 1, 1957. Shortly after the drug was sold in Germany, between 5,000 and 7,000 infants were born with phocomelia (malformation of the limbs). Only 40% of these children survived. Throughout the world, about 10,000 cases were reported of infants with phocomelia due to thalidomide; only 50% of the 10,000 survived. Those subjected to thalidomide while in the womb experienced limb deficiencies in a way that the long limbs either were not developed or presented themselves as stumps. Other effects included deformed eyes and hearts, deformed alimentary and urinary tracts, blindness and deafness —Wikipedia…
Like Common Core, no preliminary tests were run… Like Common Core the drug was sold in advance before it was finished. Like Common Core, those taking it were never given true facts about the risks…. The drug caused a 50% fetal death rate. Those who survived lived with great challenges….
So today, the testing community and those like Earl Jacques, state reps in their employ, often state that state testing is necessary to measure progress….
Your response to that needs to be… “Yes, just like Drugs are necessary to kill disease. But some drugs are dangerous. Some drugs have serious side effects… (why don’t you try living with a 4 hour erection?)…. We don’t give drugs out to everyone unless they are proven safe to everyone, do we? Isn’t that exactly why we have prescriptions?..”
The argument is not over standardized testing… it is over this dangerous Thalidomidic test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which does lasting damage… No one is talking about all drugs in general… It is about one specific drug that causes irreparable damage on a gigantic scale …
At least back in 1958 responsible people finally took the drug off the market… That is what needs to happen with the Smarter Balanced Assessment…. Back then, they weren’t worried about corporate profits; they worried about the defects being caused in real children.
Whose opinion would you trust with your child’s or grandchild’s future? Jack Markell’s? Or 100% of child psychologists who say…. “You really need to opt your child out of this test..”
When you hear talk of how we need testing… remember the entire opt-out movement is about this one test, (for us) the Smarter Balanced Assessment and how horrible it is… imagine if all pregnant women today were required to take Thalidomide? And if they were aware of its side effects, still they were not allowed to opt out?
ITTS…. It’s This Test, Stupid. Nothing more, nothing less. ITTS…..