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[Susan notes: I admit to being annoyed that the New York Times article claimed that Common Core "Now" has opposition on the left. Humph! Because journalists don't see us, we don't exist?



The other letters (published as a group) are arrogant and elitist, exhibiting a range from no knowledge of Common Core to vested interested in promoting it.



I'm glad Barbara Madeloni, who fights a brave fight, got Gates into her letter.]

Published in New York Times
02/23/2014

To the editor

Re Common Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left: Opposition from the left to the Common Core and high-stakes testing is growing, and not only in New York. Here in Massachusetts, teachers and parents are rising up to say no to an unending teach-to-the-test regime, which Common Core will only worsen.



One of the most egregious manifestations of our data fetishism in Massachusetts is the recent scandal over so-called data walls that publicly shame students and teachers by posting test scores on school walls. Developed with funding from the Gates Foundation, the Common Core and the testing that accompanies it are a response to a manufactured crisis. Educators do not need more top-down curricular control, and students do not need more testing.



Teachers need autonomy and respect. Our schools need adequate resources and a varied curriculum like that found at the best public schools and the private schools where so many "reformers" send their children.



The writer is a leader in Educators for a Democratic Union and a candidate for president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

Barbara Madeloni


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