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Letter: Stop criticizing parents who support opting out

Stop criticizing parents who support opting out

Shame on The News and Rod Watson for his tongue-in-cheek piece poking fun at children whose parents have chosen to opt out of standardized testing. Watson is an adult; an 8-year-old or a 13-year-old is not.

Most parents who have decided to not have their children participate in the April testing do so with the recognition that at some point their children will be taking Regents exams and college entrance exams. I’ve seen no indicator that students’ success on these more valid measures are affected by taking or not taking New York’s standardized tests for grades three to eight.

I’m disappointed that The News continues, through editorials and articles such as Watson’s, to blast parents who decide to opt out. Instead, it should recognize that parents know their children best and should be applauded for making decisions that are in their children’s best interest.

Joel Weiss