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[Susan notes: It did no good to tack on my fellowships at New England Society for the Study of Education and National Education Policy Center, Univ. of Colorado and authorship of What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten? and Caught in the Middle: Nonstandard Kids and a Killing Curriculum. The New York Times does not give space to people who criticize their editorial columnists.]

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To the editor

In Cradle to Ivory Tower (Jan. 21, 2015), Frank Bruni is on target to point out that President Obama's call for universal subsidized community college comes too late in a child's journey to education success. But Bruni is woefully adrift in blaming students' education woes on a dearth of "exemplary" teachers. Central to a child's success in school is a family earning a living wage--complete with good housing with absence of lead paint, good food and medical care, and access to lots of books.

With more than half of public school children living in poverty, let's stop resorting to the easy solution of blaming teachers. Instead, let's hear a call for the end of the obscene economic circumstances in which so many children are mired.

Susan Ohanian

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