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[Susan notes: I decided to add a few identifiers to my letter. This didn't help.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

In How to Grade a Teacher (June 16, 2015), Joe Nocera expresses concern for "how to make schools better." It's a pity that he misses the 500 elephants in the schoolhouse. What schools desperately need to improve is a living wage for the parents of the children who attend. Mr. Nocera would do well to read the latest research from the Economic Policy Institute.

Susan Ohanian, recipient, the National Council of Teachers of English George Orwell Award

author What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten?


Caught in the Middle: Nonstandard Kids and a Killing Curriculum

Susan Ohanian

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