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[Susan notes: This is such a great refutation of Arne Duncan--and all the other Standardistos. Bravo!]

Published in Florida Today

To the editor

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged Florida to adopt new textbooks, because

âcontent is changing not annually but weekly if not daily.â (âFlorida's education secretary questions state's textbook plans,â May 18).

In other words, Secretary Duncan agrees with Yogi Berra: "It's hard to predict, especially about the future." If this is true, why is the Secretary insisting on common standards that lock a curriculum in place for years?

Stephen Krashen

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