[Susan notes: This terrific letter delivers the goods. It states the problem, explains why the recipient is getting the book, and offers assistance and expertise. ]
Dear Senator Allard:
Public education in our country has devolved since the publication of A Nation at Risk in 1983 to a place where our children's scores are valued more than our children. The public perception is that achievement can be measured by a standardized test and reading skills can be determined by a child's ability to repeat, robot-like, nonsense syllables. In the wake of this furor, our teachers, gifted to bring out the best in our children, have become technocrats.
Don Perl, The Coalition for Better Education, Inc.
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