VIDEO: Students join conversation about education

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Students are joining the conversation about standardized testing in New York State. Frontier High School students created a video called “This is Genius.”

Parents, teachers and community members have been protesting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education policies, wanting control at a local level. Now, students are speaking out too.

Frontier student Ryan Lotocki made the clip which is a spoken word poem expressing his feelings towards modern school policies, including standardized testing.

Click here to see the video on YouTube.

The poem reads in part, “Stop labeling us bystandards and put us all on an even playing field… But let us use our positions based on our passions, values and where we can be proactive…  make schooling less multiple choice and more interactive.”

The video was uploaded to YouTube just Monday, and is gaining buzz. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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