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[Susan notes: Great letter. He says it all in three sentences.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

"Odd Math for 'Best High Schools' List," by Michael Winerip (On Education column, May 17), exposes the major flaw in Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools: that it is based on the percentage of students taking Advanced Placement tests, without regard to how many do well on the tests.

But even if the list were based on the students' scores, it would serve little purpose other than to sell magazines. Let's not turn the important work of educating into a competitive sporting event.

Bob Sweeney

The writer is a school counselor at Mamaroneck High School.

Bob Sweeney

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