Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home


[Susan notes: One more attempt to ask the press to focus on the real problem, not surface details.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
01/01/2003

To the editor





Fiddling with the words of a poem as sophisticated as "Dover Beach" is a

small part of the problem(Ah, Love, Let Us Be True, or at Least Be Accurate: Jan. 30, 2003). Making analysis of such a poem a requirement for the awarding of a high school diploma is cruel and

unusual, not to mention whacko.



As an English major, I did not encounter the poem until I was a sophomore in college. Then, when I got into graduate school, I was told my "understanding" was wrong.



I admit I don't expect better from Regents test writers who previously put up Roger Ascham's prose as a diploma requirement. When is New York going to decide enough is enough--and terminate the test that's ruining students' lives?

Susan Ohanian


FAIR USE NOTICE
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.