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

Submitted to New York Times but not published
09/05/2004

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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