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Opt in to gain a better education through Common Core

Imagine an alternative history of the United States in which each generation confronted with an extraordinary challenge just decided to opt out. Instead of a New Deal, FDR could have just told everyone it was OK to give up. Dec. 7 might be a day that will live in infamy, but Japan had a powerful military and Hawaii is so far away. And does it really matter if the Soviet Union beats us to the moon — rocket science is hard.

The opt-out movement is the latest manifestation of a culture of instant gratification that stands in stark contrast to the work ethic that built our nation. And just like your favorite reality TV star, opting out may seem flashy and pretty right now, but it lacks any real substance, and it's not going to age well.

Driven by anger at education reforms included in this year's state budget, there's a movement afoot in Albany to encourage parents to keep their children home from school, rather than sit for state tests. This blind rage may generate headlines for adults looking to settle political scores, but it comes at the expense of students.

Read more at Times Union.

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