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As someone who educates teachers, it was encouraging to see local students stand up for their own education by protesting the administration of the PARCC. Significant social and legal changes resulted from mass student protests in the 1960s, so maybe the only way to stem corporate take over of public schools is for today’s students to lead the way.

Many government officials, business leaders, and school district administrators have allowed private, for-profit companies to take over the classrooms and over-test our students in the name of accountability and standardization. While standards make sense for air quality and automobile breaks, our children are unique human beings with individual gifts and needs.

Maybe more chants of “One, two, three, four, I am not a test score” will help us all realize that reducing our kids to numbers while testing corporations fill their coffers is not in the best interest of our democracy.

Gary Weilbacher 

Bloomington

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