Susan Ohanian, a long-time public school teacher, is a freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in Atlantic , Parents, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Phi Delta Kappan, Education Week, Language Arts, and American School Board Journal. Her 20 books include One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards (Heinemann 1999), and Garbage Pizza, Patchwork Quilts, and Math Magic (W. H. Freeman 1993).
In 2003, Ohanian received The National Council of Teachers of English's "NCTE Orwell Award" for her outstanding contribution, via her website (www.susanohanian.org), to the critical analysis of public discourse. The website offers information and inspiration on high-stakes standards and testing resistance. The site includes: Atrocities (news items of education assault on children), Commentaries (thoughtful and/or hilarious discussions of issues), and original Cartoons. It offers links to other resistance sites and sample letters to editors posted by resistors to newspapers around the country. This website is unique in that it stays up to date, posting new items several times a week.
Ohanian is an advisor for the John Dewey Project on Progressive Education at the University of Vermont and a Senior Fellow at the Vermont Society for the Study of Education. Her group is crisscrossing the state, warning the public about the dangers of the No Child Left Behind legislation.