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The Nature of the Beast: The Larry King Defense

by Susan Ohanian

When asked in Time about the criticism he gets for using his show to feature tabloid guests, Larry King replied, I just work here.

King continued, "I don't know that I deserve the heat, because I don't pick the guests. Never pick the guests. And a lot of times, I don't like it either. However, when the light goes on, I've got a job to do. So if we have to discuss the missing child or the beauty star who's divorcing her husband, it's the nature of the beast. You have to do it. I never throw away a show."

This "I only work here" reply certainly sounds like teachers who refuse to take any responsibility for participating in scripted curriculum and high stakes testing, for implementing procedures they know harm children.

"It's the nature of the beast. You have to do it."

Do you?

Can teachers who use the Larry King Defense still call themselves professionals?

— Susan Ohanian


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