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[Susan notes: Here is a great letter, written in terms the public can understand.]

Published in Fresno Bee

To the editor

Former Lockheed executive Norman Augustine wrote the Aug. 3 commentary Testing isn't devil in disguise. The devil, the "father of lies," is not concerned with testing but is interested in the human soul. Augustine's first deception is "measuring something is often the best way to maximize or improve it." Student learning, like kindness or bravery, cannot be measured but only described. As a CEO, he is concerned with producing widgets. Because he is not an educator, he views students like widgets. He wants his widgets to be better so as to make more profit.

His second deception is that life should be about "competition in the global economy." What if students do not want to compete, but rather serve their fellow humans with no thought of competition? Where would Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. or Mother Theresa fit in?

His third deception is that "raising standards should be the primary goal of education reform." Wrong again. Nurturing student creativity, autonomy and sensitivity to the human condition is true reform. Common Core standards can't do any of that. Only cooperation between home and school, with healthy students, can increase their desire to learn -- and that is no lie.

Rog Lucido

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