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[Susan notes: The editorial was so bad I couldn't bring myself to post it. We owe thanks to Stephen Krashen for responding.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
08/29/2009

To the editor

At a time when children are overwhelmed with tests, when schools have been turned into test-prep academies, and when education is facing severe budget cuts, The New York Times has come to the astounding conclusion that states should make things worse by "embracing" the national standards/national tests movement. ("Accountability in Public Schools," August 30). Anyone who opposes this descent into madness is accused of "clinging to the status quo."



Stephen Krashen


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