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Letter: 'Opting out' is akin to mob rule

Pam Verity, of Commack, NY, with Uniting Commack

Pam Verity, of Commack, NY, with Uniting Commack for the Love of Learning, holds up a sign during the 1st annual NYS Rally in "The Great American Opt Out" at Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station on March 29, 2014. Credit: Ed Betz

This is in response to the reader(s) who believe that parents opting their children out of standardized tests is democracy in action ["Parents don't have much school choice," Letters, April 23].

Democracy depends on well-informed citizens making intelligent decisions. Misinformed citizens making emotional decisions is called mob rule.

Let's see, we've opted out of getting tickets for speeding in school zones. We've opted out of educating immigrant children except in the poorest districts. Maybe all of us without school-age children should opt out of paying school taxes.

William Christiansen, Woodmere