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[Susan notes: I wish more people would criticize Friedman.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Thomas Friedman ( Up with extremism, January 6) thinks that the Common Core standards should be the law of the land, a view he admits is "extremist." While advocates are quick to interpret any increase in test scores as support for the Common Core, there is no legitimate scientific evidence that the standards have helped students "meet ... higher level skill levels" nor has any plan been announced to see if the standards help students learn more.

Friedman's view is not only extremist, it is uninformed.

Stephen Krashen

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