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[Susan notes: Here's a pitch for individualized, not standardized, education.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re "Schools, Facing Tight Budgets, Leave Gifted Programs Behind" (front page, March 2):

There would be no need for special programs for any group of students if our schools created individualized learning plans for all students.

Educational reforms like high-stakes testing and the new federal law, called No Child Left Behind, force teachers and public school districts to forgo differentiation and continuing assessment in favor of one-stop standardization.

Instead of No Child Left Behind, why not Every Child at Full Potential in which gifted, average and special needs students are identified, assessed and taught in a way that lets them achieve the greatest things they are capable of?

Gail Campanella, Co-Director, Ann Arbor Girls School

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