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9-Year-Old Girl Delivers Rousing Critique of Standardized Testing, Drops the World’s Biggest Mic

Today in "Leslie Knope's home videos"

On March 17, 9-year-old Sydney Smoot appeared at a meeting of her local school board and effectively tore the Florida Standards Assessment Test a new one, suggesting instead that students be given three smaller tests throughout the year.

When asked by Upworthy what motivated her speech, Sydney explained

What inspired me to speak all started one day when I came home. My mom asked me how the testing went, and I told her I was told not to speak about the test to anyone. I had not felt comfortable signing something in the test. I had concerns about this test because there was a lot of stress put on students and myself. I was a little nervous before the speech, but when I was called up to the podium, I did not feel nervous because I knew this speech was going to help a lot of people.

So can we expect Sydney to deliver any more roof-raising speeches? Perhaps in the White House?

I’ve thought about running for president because if I’m president, I will be considerate about the people in this state.

Way to slay, Sydney!

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