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[Susan notes: This letter captures the essence of what NCLB has brought us: Pressure that never lets up and the message that teachers and students are never good enough. . . and then schools pass this pressure on to the home, destroying family life.



If a hundred thousand teachers would write such letters, acknowledging that they're putting too much pressure on families, explaining that NCLB is at the root of everyone's misery, we could build a movement.]

Published in Pasadena Star News
11/25/2007

To the editor

Too much pressure



I just read "The readers speak: too much homework," and I agree wholeheartedly with this article. I retired last June after 39 years of teaching. I could have gone on, but I had to get out, as I totally disagree with the direction that education has gone.



You would not believe the pressures that teachers are under nowadays, and it's all because of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires constant testing and constant improvement.The pressure never lets up, and the scores are never high enough.



Teachers are frantic and pass this pressure on to the children. There's not enough time in class to prepare for every test, so lots of homework is given, and teachers depend on parents to help. It is not right, and many teachers are sick about having to do this.



For me, this year is heavenly, to be out from under the stress of that job (which I used to love). Parents need to back the teachers in their fight against No Child Left Behind, which is not working and has taken every ounce of fun out of education.



Marilyn Desbrow


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