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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Why every state has an opt-out movement

Sent to the NY Times, March 2, 2015

"As common core testing is ushered in, parents and students opt out" (March 1) notes that "every state has a 'opt-out' movement.” This phenomenon is unprecedented in American education. 

The opposition to the common core tests is not simply because they are harder. As Alfie Kohn points out, making school harder is not the same as making it better. Also, the opposition is not because parents just don't want their children to be tested.

A great deal of the opposition is because there is far too much testing, more than we have ever seen on this planet, and because the tests are based on an unresearched set of standards that contradicts nearly everything known about learning.

Stephen Krashen

NY TIMES article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/02/nyregion/as-common-core-testing-is-ushered-in-parents-and-students-opt-out.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

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