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[Susan notes: The letter writer asks a stunner of a question.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

In “Digging Out Roots of Cheating in High School”

(Editorial Observer, Oct. 12), Maura J. Casey

writes that experts believe that near-universal

cheating is a bad habit and a challenge. Cheating is a symptom of a larger problem. The educational

system needs to be completely rethought, and

rethought by educators, not policy makers.

For students today, the pressure to perform is

phenomenal. Homework is a crushing, inappropriate

waste of time and energy. Getting into college is

a nerve-wracking, often heartbreaking experience.

Standardized tests miss the point, and basically

succeed only in creating income for testing


Cheating is a form of coping with an impossible


What if we had spent all the war money on

rebuilding our education system to accommodate

the differing needs of all of our children?

Nicolynn Green

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