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[Susan notes: This is one great letter. Huzzah. Huzzah.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

Re "Parents have the right to know," Column, Aug. 23

Indisputably, we teachers serve the public. Parents have a right -- nay, a duty -- to know what's going on in the classrooms and on standardized measurements.

But let's not confuse teacher efficacy with test scores. A teacher's real job is to humanize our students through academics, arts, humanities and self-discipline. We steer kids through the myriad horrors of growing up in the 21st century, and inspire them to be lifelong learners any way we can.

If people want higher test scores, they'll get higher test scores. I just hope they don't complain when that's all they get.

Richard Mandl

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