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Submitted to Christian Science Monitor but not published
05/27/2010

To the editor

Missing from "Economic segregation rising in US schools" (May 27) is the fact that the US poverty rate is second highest among all industrialized countries. We are now up to 18%. In Sweden only about 3% of children live in poverty.



Also not mentioned is the finding that American children not living in poverty who attend well-funded schools score very well on international tests, among the highest in the world. What this means is that there is nothing seriously wrong with our schools. The problem is poverty.



The solution is not the imposition of "rigorous" standards and tough national tests. The solution is to make sure all children have the same advantages middle-class children do, such as proper nutrition, health care, and access to books.

Stephen Krashen


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