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[Susan notes: There has never been an official repsonse to Reid Lyon's outrageous remarks. Good for Ken for reminding people.]

Published in Education Week

To the editor

I want to thank Education Week for representing accurately my reasons for protesting G. Reid Lyon's being showcased at the International Reading Association awards gala in Reno, Nev., in May ("Father of 'Whole Language' Rallying Against Reading-Group Speaker," March 3, 2004). One thing that wasn't mentioned is my outrage at Mr. Lyon's publicly stated desire to "blow up the colleges of education." That remark came shortly after three members of the college nursing faculty at my university were murdered as they worked, so I don't take such threats of terrorism as jokes.

Ironically, in the same issue, you carried a story of how $1.5 million for a study to see whether America's colleges of education teach reading and math based on scientific evidence was snuck into an unrelated bill in Congress and passed ("Congress Orders Thorough Study of Teacher Education Programs," March 3, 2004).

Your article quotes unnamed sources as saying that this was the work of G. Reid Lyon. He is still trying to virtually blow up the teachers


The Union of Concerned Scientists recently protested how the Bush administration is shaping science for political ends. This "study" is an example, as was the National Reading Panel, of Mr. Lyon's role in forcing a one-size-fits-all reading and math methodology on the nation's schools in the name of science.

Ken Goodman

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