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[Susan notes: Kudos to Krashen. George Miller needs to be stomped on every time he dares to make his corporate-crony comments about NCLB.]

Published in Los Angeles Daily News

To the editor

Re "`No Child Behind' needs a new push" (Their

Opinions, Dec. 24):

Rep. George Miller's comment "If No Child Left Behind

is gone ... America's poor kids will again be

forgotten" incorrectly suggests that No Child Left

Behind, or NCLB, has helped children of poverty. NCLB

has filled schools with excessive and inappropriate

tests; has discouraged in-school reading of real

books, crucial for children of poverty who have few

other sources of books; and has substituted mindless

phonics exercises, (far)* more than children need to

help them understand what they read.

National test scores confirm that NCLB has not helped

poor children. The gap between children from

high-income and low-income families is the same as it

was before NCLB.

* = present in original, deleted from published


Stephen Krashen

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