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Submitted to Los Angeles Times but not published

To the editor

Your Aug. 15th article "Who's Teaching L.A.'s Kids" disgusts me. Do you really feel you serve the public good by public humiliating teachers (by name and photo) that you deem to be "ineffective?" These are not high-paid actors or athletes but hard-working professionals who, year-in and year-out, face added duties with reduced resources. The L.A. Times has successfully legitimized the government's insistence that standardized test scores are the best measure of a teacher's effectiveness -- a grossly unfair presumption. Shame on you. I ask everyone at the L.A. Times how you would feel if your effectiveness was measured simply in terms of your daily circulation (which has decreased by at least 30 percent since 2002)? Would that be fair? Our teachers deserve our praise, not ridicule.

The writer is Professor, Teacher Education Department, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Danny Brassell

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