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[Susan notes: Robert Kay gives us something to think about: Would we willingly sit in our own classrooms?]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Instead of blaming "Failing Teachers" (Op-Ed, Oct. 24) or what happens "When Students Run the Classroom" (Letters, Oct. 25), I would suggest that we might repeat the survey I made of 50 friends -- and teachers.

Because, based on their responses, it's safe

to say that in all the U.S. there is not one, single, solitary adult who would let the government force them into a school building for even one hour/week of state-mandated "education," make them study some obscure and/or irrelevant curriculum sent down from on high, test them on the art of transient storage, and then make their future careers in part dependent on passing the course.

That is, we're doing to kids what they wouldn't dare do to us and their pathetic basic skills, plus the rapidly-forgotten subject matter, clearly show it.

Robert E. Kay, M. D.

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