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[Susan notes: It's always tricky trying to figure out when to add titles to one's letter and when to shut up about all that.]

Submitted to Fort Worth Star-Telegram but not published
02/01/2003

To the editor

Probably Texans won't be too interested in hearing a Vermonter's views on school taxes. But it might be of interest to know that we also have a system called a "Robin Hood" distribution.



As a longtime teacher, and one with strong opinions, I am saddened to learn of the manipulation of children. The fact that parents might encourage a young child to write "Robin Hood is poop" is sad but none of my business. But a school's complicity in the manipulation of children should be everyone's business.



Three cheers for Bud Kennedy's brave and insightful column.



Susan Ohanian

Senior Fellow

Vermont Society for the Study of Education

author What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten?

Susan Ohanian


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