Parents in New York state described the anxiety and depression experienced by their children after the state began implementing testing tied to the Common Core in part two of Home School Legal Defense Association's documentary, "Building the Machine: A Movie About the Common Core."
The children are "blaming themselves and saying there is something defective with them and school is making them feel defective," Mary Calamia, a licensed clinical social worker who works with children and teachers in the New York state school system says in the film.
"They're blaming themselves, they're saying they're at fault. They're calling themselves stupid. ... Thus we get anxiety and depression," she added.
Rachel Gibson, a special education teacher and parent in Westchester County, New York, recalled that one child carved the word "stupid" into her wrist after receiving her test scores.
Calamia recalled that around October 2012, after teachers had switched to the Common Core, she began noticing an unusually large number of students going to her with anxiety, depression and self-mutilating behavior.
As a social worker, she had dealt with those issues before. What was unusual was the sheer number of new cases.
"The numbers of kids coming in were off the charts, and that's when I first heard about Common Core," she said.
The Common Core curriculum is developmentally inappropriate, parents and experts in the film argued.
Yvonne Gasperino, a parent in Westchester County, New York, could not understand why her children's school was adopting the Common Core, given that it is a private Catholic school.
"This is cognitive child abuse," she said.
One of the architects of Common Core, former McKinsey consultant/current College Board President David Coleman, famously told New York parents that no one gave a shit what their children thought or felt, all that mattered was whether they could get a market analysis done for their bosses.
That's the spirit behind Common Core - no thoughts or feelings, just get the widget work done.
No wonder some children are crying, falling into depression and hurting themselves - they're being abused in school.