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[Susan notes: Congratulations to Priscilla for getting her letter published under this headline, added by newspaper staff: Education in sights of wrong reformer. Also kudos for talking about what education really is. We must not let fights against "Superman" distract us from the basic truths.]

Published in Santa Fe New Mexican

To the editor

Waiting for Superman, an educational auto-da-fe that uses misinformation and outright lies to skewer teachers, will be coming soon to a theater near us. Meanwhile, corporate darling Michelle Rhee and her billionaire mentor, Bill Gates, are making the rounds to promote their education-reform agenda, with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan beaming from the sidelines.

Can someone in the media please show some cojones and ask these so-called reformers how their plan for increased testing and curricular rigor will transform students into learners, readers and writers outside of school?

True learning is internally motivated. We pursue it by choice rather than through external force or threat. Education isn't a race or a market-based competition. It's a lifelong journey.

The current corporate-led pseudo-reforms will force classrooms to merely cover the curriculum that will be tested rather than focus on what is important to know.

Priscilla Gutierrez

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