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[Susan notes: The columnists have come out with vicious attacks on Carl Chew. Here is the first rebuttal, make excellent point about how change occurs.]

Published in Seattle Post-Intelligencer

To the editor

Teacher stands up to oppression

This is regarding Robert L. Jamieson Jr.'s Thursday column, "Teacher

gives bad lesson with WASL stand."

Teacher Carl Chew was dismissed as having somehow "cheapened" civil

disobedience. On the contrary, Chew is standing up to the kind of

oppression that is vast and unseen -- while it is not spelled out in

law, this de facto oppression is often more difficult to overcome

because it is so widespread. Chew is taking the first necessary step

to challenge a system in which privileged schools that perform well

are again rewarded, school time is wasted, and already struggling

students are further pushed, not simply left, behind.

One can only hope that some day Chew will be heralded as the teacher

who first said no to prolonging this madness. May he be joined by

scores of others, and may his students learn that this is indeed how

change occurs, one person standing up for what they know to be right.

Alex West


Alex West

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