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[Susan notes: I used to think the idea of Wall Street Journal flashcards for toddlers was funny, but as Alfie has pointed out, in our times satire is impossible. I'm sure that a package of directions for implementing Froot Loops Algebraic sets would sell.]

Published in Providence Journal

To the editor

High expectations and a rigorous college-prep curriculum is certainly a step in the right direction, but kindergarten is probably too late ("A first step toward college," September 1). Let's toughen up pre-school. Let's require parents to do rigorous math and phonics training with two-year-olds and encourage them to make flash cards using words from the Wall Street Journal. Let's go beyond counting Cheerios as the child eats them. Conscientious parents know that the toddler who learns Algebraic sets with his Froot Loops today will be the captain of finance tomorrow.

Stephen Krashen and Susan Ohanian

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