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[Susan notes: Steve Krashen makes a crucial point: NCLB's problem is not lack of funding. ]

Submitted to USA Today but not published

To the editor

USA Today feels that the states should spend more to support No Child Left Behind; Senator Kennedy thinks the federal government should (Today's debate, October 27). I think they are both wrong. All educators know that assessment is important, but No Child Left Behind insists on inappropriate and excessive testing. All reading experts agree that some direct phonics instruction is useful, but No Child Left Behind insists on phonics teaching far in excess of what the research and common sense support. No Child Left Behind does not help children, but it is a big help to the testing and textbook publishing industry.

Stephen Krashen

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