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[Susan notes: Here's a strong statement with a terrific ending.]

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So, G. Reid Lyon, who not long ago said he believed the schools of education should be blown up, now wants to develop standards and norms and professionalize the nation's teacher-preparation efforts.

I presume he thinks that current teacher preparation has no standards or norms, and that no one working in the colleges of education is a


Top-down stupidity surrounding education has reached new highs in Washington, while those of us in the classrooms are struggling to hold things together in the face of unprecedented interference and outright attacks from people such as Mr. Lyon.

He and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, following the Bush agenda, have polarized our field like never before.

Shame on them.

Miles Gullingsrud

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