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[Susan notes: I knew my letter was too nasty to get printed in the New York Times but the writer's smug assertions just sent me over the top.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
11/25/2012

To the editor



Bringing about 20 years more teaching experience than Sara Mosle brought to her out-of-balance article ( What should children read? Nov. 25), I can cite hundreds of instances of student writing being informed by the fiction they love, though, admittedly, I'm not talking about a fixation on sentence elements that will supposedly lead directly to better corporate memos such as the topic sentences Mosle cites. It would be useful to poll parents, asking how early they want their children̢۪s education stripped of fiction and directed toward the utilitarian, market analysis goals so loved by David Coleman.



Regrettably, Mosle perpetuates the myth that non-teacher David Coleman has a clue of what is

developmentally appropriate to students needs, and it is worse than a mistake that she fails to include the judgments of experienced teachers or researchers.



I wonder why The New York Times gives so much space to the opinion of amateurs without even a nod to professionals in the field.

Susan Ohanian


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