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[Susan notes: You heard it here first, from education researcher Stephen Krashen: It is rumored that Ms. Umbridge, former Headmistress of Hogswarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, will soon be appointed special advisor to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. ]

Submitted to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette but not published
10/30/2009

To the editor



What school is all about



Mt. Lebanon High School is establishing a dangerous precedent by inviting real-world experts into classrooms (Mt. Lebanon wants you in the classroom," Oct. 29). How will a presentation on water quality by a real environmental scientist help students prepare for standardized tests?



Mt. Lebanon administrators should consider the words of educational authority Dolores Umbridge: "a theoretical knowledge will be sufficient to get you through your examinations, which after all, is what school is all about."



It is rumored that Ms. Umbridge, former Headmistress of Hogswarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, will soon be appointed special advisor to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.





Harry Potter: And how is theory supposed to prepare us for what's out there?

Dolores Umbridge: There is nothing out there, dear!

Stephen Krashen


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