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[Susan notes: YES! The editorial to which this writer refers was so ignorant, so consumed with shortterm piffle, that I couldn't bear to post it.]

Published in New York Times
06/08/2005

To the editor




Re "Kudos for the Education Mayor" (editorial, June 6):



Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's threat to hold back children if they didn't pass standardized tests may have produced higher test scores this year, but such pressure causes children to dislike school and learning.



Moreover, the mayor's policy is likely to be counterproductive in the long run. A lifelong wish to learn about a subject frequently begins with a childhood enthusiasm for it. This long-term result is hardly to be expected when a child is forced to study under threats.



William Crain, Professor of Psychology, City College CUNY


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