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[Susan notes:

This letter reminds us to write letters when we like an article. As the writer shows, points still can be made.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

Re "Schools Find No Help in Carrots and Sticks," Commentary, Aug. 8:

Thank you for helping to shed some light on the pitfalls of the "leave no child behind" policies. As a second-grade teacher enmeshed in the school policies and attempting to teach children, I struggle to aid all children in meeting the standards, knowing full well that vast numbers of children with a variety of learning styles are, in fact, being left behind.

Children are being sacrificed in the name of "improved" education. As teachers and parents, we are cognizant of the fact that what is being

passed on to us is politically and monetarily motivated and simply not motivated by the needs of children. We must begin to mobilize and

contact our state politicians by mail, e-mail and phone calls. People like the chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Assemblywoman

Jackie Goldberg (D-Los Angeles), and Jack O'Connell, state superintendent of public instruction, need to hear and understand the

personal effects that these policies are having on our children.

Shelley Gelber

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