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[Susan notes: When a hippopotamus is peevish, it's a lot of peeve.--Rex Stout

As usual, the New York Times editorial ignores a whole lot of peeve--and creates more reason for informed people to be outraged. I caution myself not to levitate when Frank Bruni writes about education, but it's always a close call.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
05/31/2015

To the editor

The headline of Frank Bruni's column ( The Education Assassins: May 31, 201) is an attention-grabber, but plenty of people who work in public education will tell you that the real assassins of public ed can be found within the US Department of Education and their foundation allies, people who wouldn't last ten minutes in the reality of being shut up in a classroom with 28 seventh graders.

It is past time for the merry band of commentators at the New York Times to acknowledge that the huge disagreement with the US Department of Education policy and practice comes not from those folk Bruni terms "excessively alarmed conservatives" but from public school teachers and researchers who join with worried parents of all ideological persuasions.

As New York Times reporters continue to document public rejection of the Common Core, editorial support won't be enough to save it.

Susan Ohanian


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