Parents are the secret weapon in the struggle to preserve public education in the United States and push back against the testing and micromanagement that is deforming it beyond recognition. If they refuse to allow their children to take the tests, and take legal action against the abuse that excessive testing imposes on special needs students, ELL students, and increasingly all students, the whole testing, evaluation and date collection machine grinds to a halt. We cannot as teachers, legally advocate for parents to take this step, but we can as parents and there are a growing array of networks and resources available for those who take these steps. I encourage everyone on this page to become a member of United Opt Out and local opt out groups in your state. What happened in NY State last April, where upwards of 10,000 families opted out, is the tip of the iceberg. Parent test resistance is the Achilles Heel of the School Deform Juggernaut. Spread the word. Spread the love. Spread the revolt!