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[Susan notes: Joseph Mugivan makes an important point about the strong lesson students will take from this historic opting out. One Opt Out makes a greater impression than 1,000 Common Core lessons.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Children will remember their role in making history by sitting idle in an auditorium, and that sacrifice of boredom that they made, and allowed to be placed on their backs by elected officials. Visiting one school was to witness history and 'We the People' in the making. My generation remembered where they were when President Kennedy was killed, or those who marched in Selma, Alabama. 'Mom, Dad, where were you when we took back our schools?' their children will ask.

Joseph Mugivan, retired teacher

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