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Published in San Antonio Express-News
04/30/2005

To the editor

Protest the EVIL TAKS



I agree with Rick Brooks' comment "Tests don't teach a love of learning" (April 18). I refused to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills with my parents' permission.



Teachers spend too much time on TAKS test skills. I would much rather be learning through math games instead of trudging through a thick, 127-question "building stamina" packet. In language arts, TAKS time limits on writing crowd out the development of cool, creative ideas.



TAKS is EVIL: eliminates vitality in learning!



I have not heard one positive thing about the TAKS. All we are doing is learning how to cope with mandatory state approved testing.



My family knows I am learning when I come home and share an interesting fact. My teachers know I am learning by my participation in class and the tests they give me.



Thank you for publishing Brooks' comment. Not many people, parents and teachers alike, do much to protest the EVIL TAKS even if they know it's not a good learning tool.



, 11, Helotes

Ellis Hickey, Age 11


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