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[Susan notes: Fine letter.

Go forth and do likewise.


Please send a copy of your letter to UFT president Randi Weingarten


I now have Doug's address. If you want it, you can write and ask me.


Submitted to but not published

Dear Chancellor Klein

Dear Chancellor Klein:

To fire Doug Avella, whose students boycotted the high stakes test is

wrong-minded and short-sighted.

Right now our fragile democracy is at risk and it heartens me to

learn about young people are sick and tired of being treated as

nothing more than a test score. Hooray for Doug Avella's students!

The purpose of education is to "lead out" (from the Latin word

educare). This coercive era of thoughtless high stakes testing does

not add value to our educational process. In fact, high stakes

testing limits, has numerous unintended negative consequences, and

destroys creative thought and critical thinking.

If those in charge were subjected to taking tests ad-nauseam, they

too would be sick and tired of them.

Your willingness to even entertain the thought of firing Doug Avella

frightens me.

As an educational leader your job is to protect our young from the

travesties of the greedy profiteering test companies and mindless


Please act in the best of interest of our fragile democracy, which is

at risk, and a most precious resource, our young. I implore you to be

brave and not be manipulated by mindlessness of high stakes testing.

As Einstein so wisely said, "Not everything that counts can be

counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."


Yvonne Siu-Runyan, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, The University of Northern Colorado

Home: Boulder, Colorado

Yvonne Siu-Runyan, Ph.D.

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