For the zillionth time, an editorial presumes to put teachers, a predominantly female profession, and parent activists (mostly moms?) in their place. Whether this editorial writer wrote the “hysteria” headline himself, or someone at The Oregonian did, doesn’t much matter. The word “hysteria” has misogynist roots:
A psychological disorder (not now regarded as a single definite condition) whose symptoms include conversion of psychological stress into physical symptoms (somatization), selective amnesia, shallow volatile emotions, and overdramatic or attention-seeking behavior. The term has a controversial history as it was formerly regarded as a disease specific to women. — OxfordDictionaries.com
Would it surprise you that the author of the editorial is a salesperson of education products who benefits from the expensive Common Core & high-stakes testing boondoggles?
Thankfully, parents and students and educators are reclaiming this territory. Teacher & parent Kathleen Jeskey has a tremendous response to this supposed “hysteria”. Yes, The Oregonian did use the same photo as in the original salesman’s opinion piece, too.