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[Susan notes: Of course a letter attacking an article written to support the New York Times editorial stance on education won't get published, but that doesn't mean it should be written. Editors there need to hear that readers know when they are out to lunch. ]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
04/21/2015

To the editor

The reporters' assertion ( Teachers' Unions Fight Standardized Testing, and Find Diverse Allies, April 21, 2015) that hundreds of thousands of parents jump when teachers unions say "Jump!" gives rise to an old Samuel Johnson quip: "That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one."



This claim would be laughable if it weren't so staggeringly implausible and if it didn't obscure the critical issue of Who decides? in core issues of public education. The current parent demand to be heard seems to be making power brokers nervous.

Susan Ohanian


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