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[Susan notes: Great! The public needs to read of teacher anger and frustration. They need to hear what the perpetual test prep is doing to children. More teachers need to speak out.]

Published in San Francisco Chronicle
10/24/2005

To the editor


Those of us in the teaching profession are not at all surprised by the disappointing results in California and nationwide of the No Child Left Behind Act ("State's kids rate low on reading test,'' Oct. 20). The ill-conceived notion that more and more testing is the means to raise test scores is now shown to be based on faulty reasoning.



In fact, as more and more class time is wasted on not only test-taking but test preparation, there is less time to actually teach, less room to be innovative and less time to infuse our students with a love of reading and learning. The pervasive culture of testing has sucked any joy or fun out of the school experience; this is why students are responding with apathy and disengagement.

Eric Kujawsky


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