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[Susan notes: This letter packs a big punch into two paragraphs. Let's follow this approach and call a pig and pig: get the 'free-market' descriptor into more letters decrying so-called ed reform.]

Published in Santa Fe New Mexican

To the editor

Paul Morrison and Patrick Kelly's recent piece ("Boot unions, government out of education," My View, April 5) bashing teachers unions was full of the same tired clichés and sound bites meant to further erode public trust in educators. Sorry, but smart folks aren't buying what you are selling. The My View has little to no basis in fact. The overarching goal of a free-market approach is profit with as little corporate investment as possible. It is not consumer well-being or satisfaction.

Pearson, the giant that holds sway over educational testing and curriculum these days, advertises on Craig's List for test readers on the cheap to score the high-stakes PARCC exams. These exams are supposed to be a valid mechanism to evaluate student progress and teacher efficacy. In truth, we have been handed an outrageous money-making farce portrayed as education reform. Excuse me, gentlemen, but children are not for profit, so stop hawking a shameless money-driven approach at their expense.

Priscilla Shannon Gutiérrez

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