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[Susan notes: It's good to agree with newspaper editorials, when possible.]

Submitted to Los Angeles Times but not published

To the editor

The Times is correct in objecting to plans to eliminate naps in preschool ("A plot to zap the nap," March 21), but ignores the reasons for such plans: Testing hysteria. School officials want to squeeze as much drill and instruction as possible into school, kindergarten, and preschool, in order to raise test scores. Newspapers such as the Times, with the huge publicity given to test scores, as well as their support for mindless drill-and-kill instruction, have fanned the flames of testing hysteria, and are partly responsible for this inhumane treatment of small children.

Stephen Krashen, Emeritus Professor, USC

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