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[Susan notes: Kudos. I like the suggestion that testmakers might as well substitute some other arbitrary requirement such as violin playing.

Math should be taught well and students who have difficulty should be given lots of support, but students who don't learn it, like students who never develop an appreciation for poetry or physics, can do alright in the world. The Global Economy world has use for many skills.]

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To the editor

I can't do ninth-grade algebra and could not pass new or old, fuzzy or clear math. If I had to pass the WASL to graduate, I never would have graduated. Without math, I managed to earn two college degrees

and have an outstanding career as a teacher of English, save for a nice retirement and be a contributing citizen.

I sold travel for 25 years and always warned my clients not to trust my math; double-check it! They knew I was dumb, well-traveled and honest. I don't need a test to tell me I am dumb in math and wish the state of Washington would quit torturing kids with tests in math and science. Why not insist everyone play the violin competently? So there.

Laurel Pippo

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