Evidently there is less "room for debate" in the New York Times than some would like to believe, as only six posts were authored as a part of the discussion.
One name was left out.
Apparently her 300 words on the lunacy of standardized testing and her real world example of the harms done to children was deemed inappropriate for the given "room for debate". (Here's more on how this played out)
Here is Susan Ohanian's post that the New York Times should have posted:
"Race to Nowhere" accurately portrays the heartbreaking stress schools place on children. The fear of "not being good enough" now begins with standardized requirements for Pre-K. Although the Times review emphasized the pressure felt by suburban students preparing their resumes for the Ivy League, a Vermont high schooler with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) wrote six pages of expletives on his federally-required test.
You f_ _ _ ing a_ _holes.
I have been taking these f_ _ _ing tests since first grade and I am f_ _ _ing sick of it. I know I can't spell. You know I can't spell. I have more important things to do than this bulls_ _ _ test... This is a f_ _ _ing waste of time. You could spend this time teaching me something.
Suspended for inappropriate behavior, this youth missed out on the lumberjack test he'd planned to take the next day. The state of Vermont owes him an apology for going along with federal mandates insisting that one size fits all.
The pressure will get worse. The US Department of Education bribed states to accept Common Core Standards and has dished out over $300 million for tests to accompany these standards. Wordsworth and Jane Austen for all.
Parents and teachers must fight for childhood. Say "No!" to Barack Obama, to Thomas Friedman, to Ben Bernanke, to Oprah, and to everybody else who mouths nonsense about educating workers for the global economy, trying to put the blame for our economic woes on the backs of schoolchildren.
We need artists, bakers, lumberjacks, manicurists, welders, and yurt builders, as well as people who study math and science in college. Let's respect the variety of skills needed in our communities and make sure everyone receives a decent wage. Talking about "Race to Nowhere" is a good place to start.