[Susan notes: Kudos to Carole Puckett, who teaches second grade in the Fairfax County public school system. Not only did she write a great letter, but she signed her name. We badly need more teachers to speak out.
To the editor
_________ scale because it would break it!
Which pair of words makes the sentence correct?
a. way, knew
b. weigh, knew
c. way, new
d. weigh, new
Which of these is another way to write "Wouldn't"?
a. Will not
b. Would not
c. Will never
d. Would never
Does anyone (other than the federal government) actually believe these are appropriate questions to gauge whether an 8-year-old has mastered the English language in 13 months? Why is it important for an 8-year-old to understand the words "turnip" and "caboose"? And who would ever say, " Would not it be wonderful to live in a caboose?"
To the commonwealth of Virginia and to the federal government, I say let individual counties develop fair tests.
We are the ones teaching English. We are the ones teaching math and science and social studies to non-English speakers. And the students are learning it. Don't diminish our efforts with inappropriate, poorly designed tests.
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