Missouri Teacher Testifies About Intimidation She Suffered for Common Core Opposition

Susan KimballWe need more teachers like Susan Kimball.  Kimball is a 20-year veteran teaching Kindergarten at Sikeston Public School District.  She testified that she has suffered from bullying and intimidation since she began speaking out against the Common Core State Standards.

Duane Lester at The Missouri Torch recounted her testimony before the Missouri Senate Education Committee testifying in favor of SB 514, introduced by State Senator John Lamping (R-St. Louis), that would prohibit the Missouri State Board of Education and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from implementing the Common Core State Standards.  

“I have been strongly discouraged from saying anything negative about Common Core by my administration and some school board members,” Kimball said, her voice shaking.

Kimball described different instances where she, and others, were warned about speaking out.

“In a professional development meeting, um, inservice in November, and at a faculty meeting in January, we were told in my building, and I quote, ‘Be careful about what you post on Facebook, or talk about in the public regarding Common Core.  Don’t say anything negative.  It could affect your job.’”

Despite others being intimidated into silence, Kimball continued to speak out.

“When I turned in a personal day request to come support the rally for House Bill 1490, I was asked by my principal, ‘Do you really want that in your personnel file?’ And then I was bullied and ostracized by my administration, a few other teachers and the president of the school board.  And that continues today,” Kimball said.

Kimball testified she had messages from other teachers in other states telling similar stories.

Sen. John Lamping, sitting beside Kimball, appeared shocked by her statements.

You can watch her entire testimony below:

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Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana.  Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning.   He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.

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  1. Stacey says:

    I worked as a paraprofessional for 6 years in an elementary school while working on my teaching degree. When all this disturbing turmoil started, I lost the heart for it. I didn’t want to work for an administration that put political agenda over the needs of the kids. I was in the trenches and saw what was really happening. These poor kids are sinking…their grades and their self-esteem. I made the choice to change careers. It makes me sad because I know I could have made a difference.

  2. Jack DeWalt says:

    Her testimony would be a lot more effective if she weren’t so nervous. Someone should’ve slipped her a valium before this.

    • badon518 says:

      Unfortunately, surprisingly few people perform well in public forums unless they have been trained to do so or have become practiced with time and experience. She should be commended for coming forward under a level of intimidation that might yet cost her her job. It should anger all of us that the political situation in this country has become so rife with intimidation and outright threats, some even made against the families of those brave enough to go public with the truth. You may be right about the valium, but sometimes that has equally unfortunate results one one’s concentration.

  3. bob1233 says:

    Common Core will last about five or six years before it is thrown on the very large rubbish heap of educational reform programs that failed. It will be replaced by yet another wonderful program that will do everything but teach the kids reading, writing, and arithmetic.

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