[Susan notes: This is so on target. I wish Arne Duncan and his teaching ambassadors, Business Roundtable members, and the Chamber of Commerce officials would read it.
Dear Valerie Strauss:
Having taught that age group "Turn Middle School Into 'Boot Camp for Life,' I am fairly convinced that kids that age learn incidentally, if at all, and that most students would be better off if they could spend that 2 years doing something, anything, else. I've always figured that if we can afford to do our family trip around the world, that's when we should do it. Plan it, make a budget, make maps, research the countries, learn the language, and go.
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