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[Susan notes: This is a great letter and kudos to Krashen for pursuing this issue.]

Published in PCH Press (on line)

To the editor


LAUSD’s new superintendent is a retired admiral with

zero experience, credentials, or demonstrated

expertise in teaching, educational administration, or

educational research (“LAUSD picks new sup,” October


The genuine experts in education, people who

understand children, learning, and schools, are

astonished at this decision. Respected education

writer (and former teacher) Susan Ohanian

(susanohanian.org) notes that LAUSD apparently thinks

that a background in managing supplies for the US

military is great preparation for leading and

inspiring children.

Just as we are now insisting on having a fully

qualified teacher in every classroom, experienced

teacher educator Gary Stager suggests that “perhaps we

need federal legislation requiring a fully qualified

superintendent in every school district” (www.


Of course, it will be pointed out that Admiral Brewer

is a quick study and will learn on the job. Just like

airplane pilots, physicians, and, of course, admirals?

Stephen Krashen

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