A reader views the opt-out movement as teaching our children to quit when they don’t like something [“NY school tests: con and pro,” Letters, April 10]. This misses the point.

The writer stated, “Life is a series of obstacles and challenges.”

What do we teach our children when they encounter an obstacle? We teach them to think through the problem and find a way to conquer it. That sometimes means that change is required. We teach them not to be afraid of change, because change is often a good thing. Yes, it may be daunting, but that makes the reward so much more enjoyable.

Did some parents get loud at a public hearing? Yes, and there will always be those who go over the top, thinking that louder is better. We teach our children from examples of bad behavior, as well as good.

Adults are supposed to be role models. Standing up for what you believe in and fighting to change a broken system in a civil manner are models of the finest caliber. Do we want our children to be lemmings, always following leaders regardless of where they are headed?

I have grown children. I want children to be leaders, not followers. I want them to make their voices heard.

Robert Broder

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Stony Brook