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[Susan notes: News flash. News flash. We should all follow Stephen Krashen's lead and use "radical" as the descriptor in characterizing the Obama/Duncan plan.



That's what it is: Radical.]

Submitted to Newsweek but not published
04/03/2010

To the editor

Newsweek describes Pres. Obama's education plan as "centrist" ("More big effing deals," April 5, p. 33). Hardly. It is a radical plan, involving far more testing than we have ever seen in the history of American education.



According to the "Blueprint for Reform," released by the Department of Education in March, the new standards will be enforced with new tests which include "interim" tests in addition to those given at the end of year. No Child Left Behind only required reading and math tests. The Blueprint recommends testing in other subjects as well. The Blueprint also insists we measure growth, which could mean testing in the fall and in the spring, doubling the number of tests.



The most radical aspect of this plan is that there is no research showing that this vast expenditure of time and money will increase learning.

Stephen Krashen


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