There are many reasonable and logical arguments that capture why Common Core is an intrusive disaster. Sometimes, however, those arguments aren’t needed. All it takes is one photo to sum up the heartbreaking impact of Common Core.
— Heather Poland (@TeachrPerspctve) February 13, 2014
— MickeyChick (@MckyChik) February 13, 2014
The photo was posted on Facebook along with this short, poignant explanation:
I’m a photographer. This is my daughter…and this is the first photo of her that I have ever hated. #commoncore
EAGnews.org published some details about the girl from the girl’s mother, photographer Kelly Poynter:
I am a photographer, a hobby farmer, a child advocate and a mother of 3 elementary-aged children. This is my middle child in the photo … she is 7 and is in 2nd grade. My kindergartner and my 4th grader were already finished with their homework and had left the table. I had brought my camera in to work on my white balance skills while shooting in low light as I had a session the next morning to prep for.
After checking her work, I had found 2 math problems were incorrect. I tried to help her understand where she went wrong through her process but I don’t understand it myself and was not much help.
I told her to forget about it and we’d try again tomorrow but she became very upset that she could not get the answer and kept trying and trying to fix it. She is hard on herself as she very much wants to excel in school and not be pulled for extra help all of the time.
My daughter is incredibly strong. My daughter is a 4-year cancer survivor. She is a fighter with a resilient spirit. It crushes me to see her cry; to see her struggle. My daughter deserves a happy childhood.
Is the frustrated, tormented image of this little girl what we want from our education system?