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[Susan notes: Bill is from Florida, I'm from Vermont. Why should the Fresno Bee care what we think? Of course, probably the locals are just tired out by this kind of editorial.]

Published in Fresno Bee online
08/21/2009
http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/story/1606801.html

To the editor

Your call for the legislature to change the laws so public school teachers can have student performance tied to their evaluations will lead to the unintended consequence of diminished development of individual potential, the opposite of the goal of education. Make national standards the apex of achievement and every teacher will make sure that's all the students will learn excellently so the teachers' evaluations will be excellent too. I guess the Fresno Bee wants to play the role of pimp for the teachers it wants to trade their professional ethics and values for the Race to the top money.



Bill Archer



To the Editor:



Either someone at the Fresno Bee has been drinking too much Kool-Aid. . . or suffers a deficiency of the ethics chromosome.



Your bald "Do what it takes" to get the money advice brings to mind a tale about George Bernard Shaw, who once insisted at a party

that everybody would do anything for a price. A woman disagreed, insisting she wouldn't.



Shaw asked, "Would you sleep with me for a million pounds?"



She agreed she would.



Shaw asked, "Would you do it for ten shillings?"



"Certainly not" said the woman "What do you take me for? A prostitute?"



"We've already established what you are, ma'am. Now we're just haggling over the price."



Shame on you!

Bill Archer & Susan Ohanian


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