Parents in the district on Long Island in Néw York received a straightforward. letter from superintendent Hynes, saying that parents have the right to opt out without penalty. Did your superintendent say that to parents in your district? If not, why not? 'Thank you, Dr. Hynes, for leveling with parents and siding with students. I hope other superintendents follow your example. Critics of opt out have likened the state tests to taking a vaccination. If the state tells you to do it, you must. The importance of a vaccination is based on science, not whim or politics. In light of the fact that the standardized tests now used are social constructs that arbitrarily label children as failures, parents should feel no obligation to subject their children to the tests.