Don't blame PSSAs

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W. Marx's letter about the PSSA tests ("Parents Have the Right to Opt Their Kids Out of the PSSA Damage," March 17) is the typical response of a teacher who lacks creativity and miserably goes to work each day just to find something to complain about in the copier room. Good teachers refuse to compromise dynamic, exciting and fun lessons for "worksheets" and mindless rote activity.

If you (as a teacher) decide to make your classroom "devoid of intellectually stimulating ... experiences" it's because you choose for it to be that way, not because of the PSSAs. If your child is in W. Marx's class, and you want to opt out of something, opt out of his class.

DAVE VEZENDY
Swissvale

The writer is a high school assistant principal.


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