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[Susan notes: We need to keep the drumbeat up for a national uprising against the tests. Such letters, if they ever got published, would inform the public as well as the media.]

Submitted to Christian Science Monitor but not published

To the editor

Thank you to Seth Stern for "Fail the Test, Forget the Diploma." A reader would have to have the soul of a turnip not to be touched--and enraged.

I have downloaded several MCAS tests. I have failed the math test twice. I know that Tiara is right when she says the test is mad.

This is why I work hard for Mass Refusal, a group trying to wrest the schools back from the corporate-political insanity. We call on teachers to join together in large blocs, refusing to give a test that harms children. Teachers need to do this because we cannot rely on politicians to solve the problem of MCAS. We teachers have to rely on our own individual and collective strength.

Anyone visiting our site will see that concerned people from around the country have signed on to the idea. Massachusetts' problem is everyone's problem, and if teachers there can summon the resolve to act, it will be the second shot heard round the world.


Susan Ohanian

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