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[Susan notes: As usual, Bob Kay nails it.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Not To worry!

Despite "Good Schools or Bad? Conflicting Ratings Leave Parents Baffled" (News, Sept. 5) the bottom line is that -- given parents, books, newspapers, magazines, games, libraries, museums, mentors, community, on-the-job training, and The Internet etc. etc. -- that for mind-growth and knowledge- acquisition that that well-meaning, scary, boring, judgmental, and obedience-obsessed place called Academia (with her pathetic basic-skill-levels and

forgettable-curriculum) is dead as a doornail and has been so for a very long time.

But, were we to merely abolish formal assessment in favor of Invitational Education; i.e. "Show me what you CAN do and then we'll HELP you do better" -- like it is in the real world -- why we might yet turn schools and colleges into EDUCATIONAL institutions.

THE major problem, however, is if that ever happens, I'll very soon be out of a job!

Robert E. Kay, MD, psychiatrist

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