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[Susan notes: Rich is answering the incredibly ugly NY Times editorial of Sept. 7, 2007, the reading of which I consider dangerous to one's health. Rich packs a lot of truth in the 150 words allowed for response.]

Submitted to but not published

To the editor

Any society promising the world perpetual war, and its youth a choice

of low-wage jobs or the military, will make peculiar demands on its schools.

The NCLB creates three funnels to feed the wars and the unjust

economy: (1) regimented curricula which strip educators of

creativity, replaces their minds with the minds of textbook

corporations (2) high-stakes standardized exams measuring little but

parental income, race, and subservience and (3) military recruiters

armed with false promises invade schools, seeking bodies who will

engage in war without asking, "Why?

These funnels become pipelines to unreason and death. High-stakes

exams are sorting tools, not efforts for equity. School reform

without doing social and economic reform is washing the air on one

side of a screen door: won't work. Profiteers from the devastation of

communities like the Business Roundtable fight for high-stakes

testing; dodge economic democracy.

Abolish the NCLB. It cannot be reformed.

Dr. Rich Gibson, San Diego State University

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