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[Susan notes: This short letter by a longtime educator packs a real punch. Use it in letters to your local press.]

Published in Santa Fe New Mexican

To the editor

Someone needs to tell Education Secretary Arne Duncan that education isn't a basketball game where you "race to the top."

Education is a lifelong journey that enriches us as we go along. We don't need to spend more money on national standards â most states' are in-depth enough as it is.

We don't need to tie teacher pay with test performance â we've already seen what a disaster pay-for-performance was on Wall Street. We don't need a national test that focuses on what is easy to measure rather than what is important to learn. What we do need is to start listening to teachers instead of basketball coaches when it comes to learning, but it seems educators aren't even invited to the discussion table.

Priscilla Gutiérrez

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