[Susan notes: Most letter writers blame teachers or parents. Susan Neuman hits the nail on the head in blaming curriculum. Read Marion Brady.]
To the editor
Mr. Murdoch's right on one thing( If Schools Were Like American Idol, Oct. 8): Schools today are in trouble. Over 60% of high-school students in Detroit do not graduate on time. But he's wrong about how to fix them. Teachers aren't the problem; neither are the teachers unions, especially the American Federation of Teachers which has consistently supported higher and more rigorous standards, curriculum and quality assessments. The problem is that curricula in schools have not caught up with the 21st century. Too often schools are remediation factories, teaching mind-numbing basic facts. Recently I asked a student why he was considering dropping out. He replied that "I just don't want to know that stuff they're teaching."
Prof. Susan B. Neuman
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