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[Susan notes: This is a fine letter, taking a gentle approach instead of ranting and railing. And it gets specific, referring to the letter writer's own child. I was spouting so much against the same editorial that I couldn't manage to write. It took me half the day to calm down enough just to post the editorial under NCLB Outrages.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
11/29/2005

To the editor

A Victory for Education" (editorial, Nov. 29) casts the teachers' union as

the bad guy out to "sabotage" and "vilify" the No Child Left Behind law,

which only wants what's best for children. This is an oversimplification

worthy of a made-for-TV movie but not helpful to parents trying to ascertain

NCLB's costs and benefits.



I am one of many who view NCLB's added testing as bringing huge costs, in

time taken away from teaching and learning, and few benefits. For one thing,

it takes too long to get test results. Many teachers feel they learn more

from students' classroom work than by scouring test results from the

previous spring. I also worry that standardized tests fail to measure my

nonstandard, learning disabled child's progress.



Asking parents and teachers why they oppose NCLB makes it harder to cast

villains and heroes but might help give these issues the treatment they

deserve.







Lisa Guisbond


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