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[Susan notes: How can anyone disagree with Bob Kay? Though I think he's being too kind to say the curriculum is 'well-intended.' ]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

While the "Florida Supreme Court Blocks School Vouchers"

(News, Jan. 6) maybe someday we'll block the whole Prussian-

derived teach'em-test'em paradigm, an approach which has

produced overwhelming amounts of fear, passivity, boredom,

rage, disabled learning, and a lowered self-esteem along with

multiple failures, mediocre basic skills, and the rapid

forgetting of a well-intended curriculum.

The Alternative: - HELP kids keep on learning with

the joy and effectiveness of the average toddler by

abolishing all quizzing and formal assessment while


material like art, science, technology, music, dance,

theatre, sports, GOOD books, magazines, libraries,

people, museums, community service, academicians,

and especially the daily newspaper.

Early on, of course, we should read-aloud-to, use

choral reading, play games with numbers, and help

them write letters to important people.

But then THE major problem is that I'm apt

to be unemployed!

Robert E. Kay, MD, psychiatrist

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