An Opt Out Letter That Speaks to All Parents

One household notifies the authorities that their son will no longer be participating in state-mandated high-stakes testing, citing the impact it has on the child. Here is an excerpt from the letter, as published by Education Roundtable.

Standardized TestingStudents โ€“ who mature at vastly different paces โ€“ should not ever be measured by a mass-produced blunt instrument. I will no longer allow our son to be a part of this mythological construct of modern education.

Administrator XYZ, we love you, we love our school and all it has given our child. Our son will be able to complete his elementary education at this wonderful school. I call on you to speak against this hurtful and unscientific measurement of education. If you had been here tonight, in my home, and seen my son sobbing and refusing to read because he thought he would fail, I believe you, too, would join me in opposing this politically-imposed (and profit-centered) oppression of my sweet son.

Please consider this my formal request for alternative, appropriate learning activities during the testing window, as our child opts out of standardized testing. I love him too much to allow this regular assault on his psyche. —Education Roundtable.