A Modest Proposal.

I had no idea these stupid, stupid … argh, no other word for it, STUPID tests were optional. Maybe they aren’t in all states – but they should be! And parents should be told that they’re optional! If the majority of parents simply withdrew their children from participation in this STUPID test mania, maybe teachers could get back to teaching, and schools could go back to being places of learning.

I have never met a single person – teacher, parent or concerned member of the community – who believes these tests add any value at all. But I’m sharing this post written by a parent and former teacher because I really want to spread the word that these tests are OPTIONAL. So please, if you have kids at school, OPT OUT!

Kelly Barnhill

Dear Administrators, Legislators, Pundits, Superintendents, Mayors, Governors, Education Policy Writers, Board Members, General Directors, Committee Members, Department Heads and other members of the Blowharding and Bloviating classes:


I hope this letter finds you well. First of all, let me thank you – truly and sincerely – for your tireless work on behalf of students everywhere. I know that we don’t always come to the same conclusion, but I do appreciate your hard work and your efforts.

I am writing to you today because I have just finished writing another letter to my son’s teacher, opting him out of the upcoming Standardized Tests. I feel – no, I know – that his time will be much better spent doing enrichment work or reading a book. There are other parents at his school who have opted to do the same, and it makes me terribly happy to know that not all…

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Author: Belladonna Took

Well into my second half-century and still trying to figure out what to be when I grow up. Born South African, naturalized American, perpetually at risk of losing my balance and landing ass-first in the Atlantic.

3 thoughts on “A Modest Proposal.”

  1. This is a load off my chest as I approach D’s first grade year.

    Useless and stupid is exactly right to sum these up.

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