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[Susan notes: David Brooks reveals himself to be lazier than usual. The column isn't worth posting, but I did think it worth my while to complain to the New York Times.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

In When the Circus Descends" David Brooks makes no distinction between opinion-for-hire and impartial research. The pro-Common Core groups cited by Brooks all received millions of dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their Common Core work. Brooks carefully avoids the irrefutable evidence of coercion and bribery practiced by the US Department of Education to force states to sign on to the Common Core.

I'd rather that the children I care about be part of the circus some of us refer to as democracy than under the surveillance of something that looks like indoctrination-by-drone

Susan Ohanian

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