On April 3, the Advertiser published a cartoon concerning the Opt-out movement. Calling it insensitive and insulting doesnt scratch the surface. (With my limited phone capabilities, I’m unable to include the cartoon. I’m presently on vacation and have no access to my laptop.)
Some background is needed. The cartoon arrives from Buffalo, New York, where the Common Core battles are raging furiously. That state has given the PARCC test for three years now, with huge failure rates for its first two years (70% and 67% respectively.) These poorly-designed tests are confusingly written usually at a reading level two grades above the students. Parents have been justifiably outraged against this intrusion into their children’s lives and have reacted in the only way they have: opting their children out of the test.