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[Susan notes: Good for Krashen, pointing out that it's foolish to evaluate schools of education on descriptions of courses. Rather like evaluating restaurants on menus.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

Eli Broad's criticism of American schools of education ( A better

way to train teachers
, July 3) as well as the letters commenting on his op-ed (July 5) missed an important, but apparently little known fact: our educational system has been highly successful. When researchers control for poverty, American students' international test scores rank near the top of the world.

The products of our educational system do very well: The US economy is currently ranked as the 5th most innovative in the world out of 142, according to the 2013 Global Innovation Index, which is based in part on the availability of education, new patents and the publication of scientific and technical journal articles. Evaluating schools of education should be based on real world results, not descriptions of courses and admission standards. The kind of criticism Broad makes is like criticizing an Olympic gold medalist because experts have decided that she did not do enough sit-ups in training.

Stephen Krashen

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