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[Susan notes: Kudos to Joseph Lucido for emphasizing the point that NCLB ignores teacher professionalism.]

Published in USA Today
08/04/2008

To the editor

In the article âFirst lady defends criticized âNo Childâ tests,â I find it amusing that the first lady said: âWe would never go to a doctor and say, âIâm sick, you canât try to diagnose me you canât use any kind of test,â (âFirst lady defends criticized âNo Childâ tests,â USATODAY.com, July 22).



Sheâs right; we would be foolish to say that. We expect more. When one goes to a medical professional, we donât get just one test that determines our health. We might get many types of tests for a diagnosis.



Bushâs defense of one high-stakes test to determine school, teacher and student âwellnessâ is indefensible. Multiple measures must be taken into account. This includes the teacherâs professional opinion â just like a doctorâs.



Joseph Lucido


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