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[Susan notes: Don Perl catches an editor doing something right. Kudos.]

Submitted to Fresno Bee but not published

Dear Jim Boren,

This thoughtful piece of yours is making the rounds among educators and

parents who are advocating for their children. I am a lifetime educator,

both here and abroad, and I have read countless editorials regarding the

impact -- and value -- of high stakes standardized testing. This piece of

yours captures so well the boondoggle that is high stakes testing ---a

regimen promoted by publishing houses who are considering only their bottom

line. The more pieces such as this one resonate, the sooner policies will

be considered that value our children, their multiple intelligences, and the

frightening role that poverty plays in the lives of so many. And then we

will all profit - in the true sense of the word.

Don Perl

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