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[Susan notes: If we don't write letters to the media, how are they supposed to know they're wrong?

Saying they don't care is the easy way out. What would happen if they got 1,000 letters like this one? Or even 10.

The article to which Krashen is responding is especially egregious because it's written by the director of teacher policy at the Center for American Progress, an outfit using their Gates money just as they were paid to do.]

Submitted to US News & World Report but not published

To the editor

Just because it's Common Core aligned doesn't make it boring, (August 20), represents only the opinion of one former teacher and only one teacher with experience teaching with the common core standards. To form a valid conclusion, we need the opinions of a large number of teachers now teaching under the common core, in a variety of situations.

To make matters worse, Ms. Partelow dismisses anti-common core sentiment as the result of "PR." This is ironic, as common core supporters are often paid by corporations profiting from the common core, corporations that are very adept at placing pro-common core propaganda in the media. In contrast, critics are largely teachers and parents who make no profit by expressing their views, have no special funding or influence with the media, and who often expose themselves to considerable risk.

Ms. Partelow also suggests that common core critics think teachers should "do whatever they want all day with no guidelines or restrictions." Nonsense. Opposition to the common core standards is not opposition to all standards.

Stephen Krashen

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