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[Susan notes: They omitted my lead paragraph:



Millerís plan is simple, appealing, and dead wrong. Poor kids have a right to the rich curriculum affluent kids can take for granted. Under Millerís plan, theyíll get skill drill instead.



They also omitted what I consider a significant sentence: Everybody will be scambling to get the good, obedient kids who toe the line.



Oh well. I'm pleased 'test prep frenzy and 'pushed out' are in there.



I identified myself as co-author of Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? In conversation, I mentioned the website, so they chose to identify me as running a Web site for critics of the No Child Left Behind law.]

Published in New York Times
06/01/2005

To the editor

How would Matt Miller define "best teachers"?



If student test scores are the measure, then teachers, already under the gun of the No Child Left Behind law, will have one more incentive to erode the curriculum into test-prep frenzy.



And who will be willing to teach the kids with serious learning problems? [omitted: The troublemakers? Everybody will be scrambling to get the good, obedient kids who toe the line.]



Mr. Miller's plan is a blueprint for rewarding conformity and mediocrity. It guarantees that difficult students will be pushed out.

Susan Ohanian


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