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[Susan notes: The Duncan Department of Education is pushing states to adopt the Common Core quickly. You can join the effort to stop this by joining the group at www.StopNationalStandards.org.]

Submitted to Investors Business Daily but not published
06/16/2010

To the editor



In Mediocre National Standards No Answer To 'Curriculum Massacre' Down In Texas (June 16). Ben Boychuk argues that an "anonymous panel of educrats" should not be able to impose a curriculum on the entire nation. Agreed.



It should also be pointed out that the Department of Education has announced that the national standards will be enforced by new national tests to be given to all students every year and even during the academic year, resulting in far more testing than we have ever had before.

This is a terrible idea: Our children are already over-tested, and the new tests will cost billions, at a time when schools are facing severe budget cuts.



In addition, the new tests are unnecessary. There is no need to test every student every year to get an accurate picture of where the problems are: When you go to the doctor they don't take all your blood, just a sample.







Stephen Krashen


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