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[Susan notes: Three cheers! This parent and teacher packs a lot of truth in this sentence: these assessments are developmentally inappropriate, pedagogically untested and politically motivated.


Published in Newsday

To the editor

would like to offer a history lesson for columnist Lane Filler [ Tiger parents -- and their opposites, Opinion, March 26]. The United States was founded by people who challenged oppressive policies imposed by a nonrepresentative government. Filler belittles parents who've decided to hold their children out of state testing by claiming that they are shielding them "from feelings of inadequacy."

As one of those parents, I'm opting out my two children because I believe that these assessments are developmentally inappropriate, pedagogically untested and politically motivated. Our decision was not made lightly and included all members of the family in the discussion.

As a high school social studies teacher, I hope that opting out will teach my children to question the conventional wisdom imposed by others, become informed and act on their convictions.

Perhaps Filler should have interviewed parents who are opting out, instead of imagining ludicrous reasons why they are doing so. By investigating this discontent, he could have upheld the tradition of a free press that questions political and economic motives in the name of the ordinary people.

, Bethpage

Newsday April 6

Henry Dircks

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