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[Susan notes: Great tag line to sum up the whole rotten deal: Times has rewarded David Coleman for giving us a bad solution to the wrong problem.

Go forth and write letters!]

Submitted to Time Magzine but not published

To the editor

Time's selection of the "architect" of the common core standards as one of its 100 most influential people is bizarre.

There is good evidence that the real problem in American education is not lack of standards but poverty: Middle class American students in well-funded schools rank at the top of the world on international tests. Our unspectacular average scores are due to our spectacular level of child poverty, second in the world among economically advanced countries. Poverty has a devastating effect on school performance.

Instead of protecting children from the effects of poverty, instead of increasing health care, nutrition and access to books for children of poverty, the common core imposes an untested, rigid set of standards and requires more testing than has ever been seen on this planet.

Time has rewarded David Coleman for giving us a bad solution to the wrong problem.

Stephen Krashen

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