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[Susan notes: I admit that I don't think there is enough time in the day to bother with Ruben Navarrette's rants, but Stephen Krashen's masterful reply is useful in answering anyone who starts spouting off about children achieving at gradelevel. ]

Published in Austin American-Statesman
07/31/2007

To the editor







Ruben Navarrette ("Put students ahead of money," July

14) thinks that the No Child Left Behind goal of all

children doing math and reading at grade level by 2014

is modest and realistic.



I wonder whether Navarrette and other experts (like

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings) understand

what "grade level" means. It means the 50th

percentile, or average.



In other words, Navarrette et al. want all children to

be average or above average by 2014.

The only place this can happen is Lake Wobegon.

Statements like this convince me that some policy

makers and columnists are either not aware of

educational terminology, or need remediation in basic

math.

Stephen Krashen


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