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[Susan notes: Here's a call to delay school entrance until age 12.]

Published in New York Times
03/06/2003

To the editor


Given "The War on Schools" (Op-Ed, Mar. 6) and the fact that the home-schooled children are up on top, socially, psychologically, intellectually, and academically, there are obviously many possibilities for saving money.

For example, if they entered those well-meaning but stress-filled, high-anxiety, failure producing, and very boring schools at age twelve--when the brain is reasonably well-developed--most, it's been said, could easily learn the first 8 years of stuff in less than 100 hours.

We could thus abolish the elementary schools.

In the meantime, Leon Botstein, President of Bard College has written in The Times that it's time to shut down the American high school.

Meanwhile, what we need in The Real World, as opposed to The Credential World, are people with those INBORN learning, thinking, cooperating,and communicating SKILLS, while the 3Rs, plus button-pushing, can be easily acquired at home or on the job.

Or, if school were VOLUNTARY many problems would be solved, except that I would probably become unemployed!

Robert E. Kay, MD, Adult and Child Psychiatrist


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