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Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

"Headmaster Roger H. Weaver (November 5) of Crossroads School writes that, under No Child Left Behind legislation, children are tested and prepared for being tested instead of being taught. He is exactly right. We have imposed a

low-level, third-world curriculum on our children in the public schools. Science, social studies, critical thinking, art, music--no time for those frills. We have to teach children about isolated sounds, as if that is what reading is. Wise (and wealthy) parents send their children to schools like Crossroads and Polytechnic in Pasadena for a first-class education. They don't study

isolated sounds and memorize number facts--they learn to think. The inexorable "Matthew effect" marches on--the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. We subject "other people's children" to this dumbed-down, mind-numbing NCLB curriculum.

Ask any teacher.

Alan Crawford

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