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[Susan notes: Classic Krashen: Umbridge would have strongly approved of the US Department of Education Common Core Standards and National Tests based on the standards.



Read the article too. Here's one item: A medical study found that children's emergency department visits decreased significantly when new Harry Potter books went on sale.]

Submitted to Los Angeles Times but not published
07/17/2011

To the editor

What School is All About



In addition to influencing the medical literature ( LA Times, July 16), J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter has a great deal to say about current educational policy.



In "Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix" (2007), villain Dolores Umbridge ("You know, I really hate children.") informs Hogwarts students that their course on Defense Against the Dark Arts will be "carefully structured" and all theoretical, with no actual use of the spells. When students complain, Umbridge says " ⦠a theoretical knowledge will be sufficient to get you through your examinations, which after all, is what school is all about." The next lines say it all:



Harry Potter: And how is theory supposed to prepare us for what's out there?

Dolores Umbridge: There is nothing out there, dear!



Umbridge would have strongly approved of the US Department of Education Common Core Standards and National Tests based on the standards.

Stephen Krashen


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