[Susan notes: This teacher reveals herself to be well informed and uses the brilliant device of quoting from Senator Obama's own book.]
Dear Senator Obama:
Senator Barack Obama
I trust that your belief in accountability in education is not simply for teachers but would include those at the top as well. I agreed with you when you wrote eloquently about the Republican policies which are contributing to
Unless you do react to this travesty, it will mean that we have a system in which leadersÃ¢€™ professed beliefs are different from what they allow to occur. Ms. Neumann describes an Education Department which was directly implementing policy intended to do what you claim in your book is the agenda of some in the Republican party as well as the current administration. Their intention is to have the public school system fail so that it can be discarded.
If you are serious about education and equality of opportunity, you must respond to this report and to the first findings of failed results for NCLB mandated programs. We cannot wait for you to take office. A generation of readers is being lost to this waste of time and money.
If we want great readers, then as the National Reading Panel really intended, we must teach young readers to do what great readers do. We must not waste their time on ineffective activities prescribed by programs that make money for highly placed individuals, but do nothing for the readers they claim to target. In the end, these policies will destroy public education.
I have also enclosed a book entitled When NCLB Collides With Childhood by Susan Ohanion which tells the entire story.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Mary Ann Rupcich, Primary teacher with MA in reading
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