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[Susan notes: Good for Max Ginsberg: Short and specific, and it invites parents, school boards, and administrators to stand together.]

Published in Pioneer Press

To the editor

I am writing to respectfully disagree with a line from First, they read. Then, they test (Feb. 26).

The article states, "Educators say they welcome the higher bar -- even as some voice concern the test might take considerably longer to complete."

As a parent and educator, I certainly do not "welcome" any part of the current or future MCA assessment. In fact, I do not know of any teacher who "welcomes" a five-hour assessment that does not allow for student feedback or reflection.

It's time for a change. We have been over-testing our children for more than a decade, and it has gotten us nowhere. It's time for parents, school boards and administrators to stand up and opt out of federally mandated testing.

It's time to move away from schools as test-prep factories. It's time to get back to creativity and critical thinking. In other words, it's time to get back to learning.

Max Ginsberg

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