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[Susan notes: Here's a great, quotable letter.]

Published in New York Times
03/01/2004
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/tnt.html?tntget=2004/03/01/opinion/L01PAIG.html&tntemail1

To the editor



Education Secretary Rod Paige's characterization of the National Education Association as a "terrorist organization" (news article, Feb. 24) shows how the "war of terrorism" can break out whenever and wherever the administration is confronted with dissent.



I am a Texas teacher and proud union member, with a master's degree, certification in four subject areas and more than a decade in the classroom. The elevation of standardized tests to near divine status is destroying public education in our state.



No child left behind? Right except for children who don't measure up, children in overcrowded classrooms, children speaking languages other than English, children growing up in grinding poverty and children who, for whatever reason, learn at other than the "standard" pace. The law is contempt masked as compassion, irresponsibility masked as accountability.













John Fullinwider


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