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[Susan notes: I'm glad the letter writer refuted the "inevitability of testing,' claimed in original article.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

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

Standardized tests haven't "become unavoidable in education." Though almost all public school students are now tested relentlessly starting in the early grades, few private schools treat their students so foolishly and cruelly. They have the freedom - and the resources - to adopt practices that actually work, like small classes and personal attention.

Could that be why so many of the politicians who impose test requirements on public schools send their own children to private ones?

Edward Miller, former editor, Harvard Ed. Letter

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