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[Susan notes: Stephen Krashen is right: One can't imagine any product too ludicrous for the testing industry.]

Submitted to Palm Beach Post but not published
12/20/2004

To the editor




Post columnist Frank Cerabino' clever satire a("We can't start standardized tests too early,"December 20), recommending testing pre-K children (a "Kiddie

Cat" will, I predict, be greeted with enthusiasm by many people, including publishers eager to profit from still one more unnecessary test inflicted on children.



I wrote a paper several years ago recommending prenatal phonemic awareness training and I submitted it to a professional journal in education. Two reviewers thought it was a good idea, but just a little extreme, and it was recently cited in another professional journal as a serious paper.



As Alfie Kohn has warned us, in education, satire is obsolete.



Stephen Krashen


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