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Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re "For Some Parents, It's Never Too Early for SAT Prep" (Business Day, Dec. 20):

Now parents can buy special timers to help their 4-year-olds prepare for standardized tests, a present that, according to one product developer, "is not the kind of thing kids would want for themselves."

They are also, according to many testing experts, not the kind of thing that does children any good; test preparation is not real learning.

Only test manufacturers and toy manufacturers profit from the tests.

Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus, USC

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