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Ohanian Comment: This letter writer raises an important issue. When are educators going to stop caving in to NCLB? Children are being harmed. The fact teachers don't like NCLB isn't good enough. This must stop. When will teachers stop it?

No excuses.

To the Editor:

"Superior School Fails a Crucial Federal Test" (On Education column, Nov. 19) greatly illuminates the shortsightedness and mean-spiritedness of "No Child Left Behind." For a party and a president so dedicated to getting government off our backs, they have created one of the most intrusive and ridiculous unfinanced mandates in our history. And the victims? Our children.

I believe that President Bush and the Republican leadership will not be satisfied until all of education is in corporate hands. Education is more than a business. It's about creativity and community, and those notions have been buried by this bad law.

What's more, I am disheartened by how top educators, parents and teachers (the unions included) have caved in to such thinking. We have all done our children a gross disservice. It's time to repeal this law and get back to teaching our children.

— Paul Beattie
New York Times
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