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[Susan notes: Teachers must speak out, identifying who they are and what they stand for. Speaking out against the muck of Debra J. Saunders is a good place to start.



Thank you, Monica.]

Submitted to San Francisco Chronicle but not published
07/26/2005

To the editor

Debra J. Saunders' comments (Dubya's school reforms pay off, July 26) promote the worst kind of blanket fallacies regarding educators, reform efforts and NCLB. With the scratch of her poison pen, she lumps all of us into the very terrorist organization our dear governor would have us be.

According to Saunders, we collectively and thoughtlessly "carried American children headlong toward ignorance" , stand against phonics, direct instruction, multiplication tables and what all else. According to her, NCLB is the only reason we even bother to teach kids to decode words. As for tests that show "which curricula works best", I've been in the classroom for over 20 years, and I have yet to see a test sort curricula.



Commentaries like Saunders' perpetuate the myth that illiteracy, poverty, class inequality and a

millennia of racism would simply go away if only teachers would shut up and just do their jobs better. Yeah, right.



Saunders does nothing but expose her own ignorance about classrooms, teachers and children and does nothing to illuminate the hard work we do to support students.

Monica Hart-Nolan, 2nd Grade Teacher


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