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[Susan notes: I hope the writer is right about resistance to standards and testing in general. I've been yelling about this for a while. One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards was published in 1999. ]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Jordan Ellenberg says the Common Core isn't all that new, at least when it comes to math education ( Meet the New Common Core, Op-Ed, June 16). Why, then, is it provoking such resistance?

A major reason is that it comes at a time when many parents and educators have had their fill of the standards movement in general, of which the Common Core is a part. Parents and educators have watched even kindergarten become so academic that children have little chance to play, explore nature or engage in artistic activities. They have seen standardized testing force out exciting school projects.

The rebellion isn't only against specific curriculum standards in the Common Core. The revolt is against an entire standards and testing movement that is destroying children̢۪s natural love of learning.

The writer is a professor of psychology at City College, CUNY.

William Crain

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