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[Susan notes: Please see

also, The bad schools syndrome. S. Krashen & J. Ohler. ]

Submitted to USA Today but not published

To the editor

As is the case every year, this year's Phi Delta Kappan

poll found that parents rate their local schools much more positively than they

do schools in the US in general. ( Poll: Parents give thumbs up to local schools, August


In an article published in the Phi

Delta Kappan
journal in 2010, the late Gerald Bracey had a good explanation for

this phenomenon: It is because "Americans never hear anything positive

about the nation's schools." Bracey noted that "negative information

flows almost daily from media, politicians, and ideologues."

In contrast, parents get

information about their child's school from direct experience, a more reliable


The title of Bracey's article:

"Experience outweighs rhetoric."


Stephen Krashen

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