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[Susan notes: Kudos for getting a letter in that criticizes the New York Times editorial policy on education! This is a rare occurrence.]

Published in New York Times
04/24/2013

To the editor



Re: Moving Ahead With Common Core (editorial, April 21):



It is disappointing to see you echoing state officials who claim that parental alarm over high standards or tough tests accounts for growing resistance to the Common Core. Instead, our objection is that the new standards are not high enough.



They are tied to cookie-cutter assessments in the form of state tests that severely restrict the ability of teachers to innovate in the classroom. We want our children to be challenged as individuals and encouraged to go far beyond anything that a multiple-choice test can possibly measure.



There has been much media attention lately given to the opt-out movement, but the real opt-outers are the countryĂ¢€™s wealthy, who send their children to private schools that are exempt from state tests and the Common Core.



Separate has never been equal in this country. Imposing a curriculum on public schools alone can only deepen the yawning gulf that separates well-financed, flexible private schools from underfinanced and increasingly test-oriented public schools. We will never achieve universal excellence in education unless we grant all teachers the same intellectual freedom now enjoyed by those educating the children of the elite.





Anne Stone and Jeff Nichols


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