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You Have Met the Enemy. . . .

Add your voice to Don Perl's over at the NCTE ning. NCTE leaders need to know how we feel about the LEARN legislation.

by Don Perl

I looked over the provisions of this bill, and looked in vain for an educational philosophy which dignified the profession, which placed merit in the decisions that our classroom educators make on a daily basis with the infinite uniqueness of our children. I shuddered at the implementation of "diagnostic, and formative assessments at all levels." Research has shown over and over again that standardized testing does nothing to forward the education of our children. I wondered why no emphasis was placed on the importance of libraries and librarians, and wondered why the one magical word in education, inspiration, was nowhere to be found. And finally, I confess to being very disappointed in NCTE for I have watched this organization go from speaking out strongly against the implementation of high stakes standardized testing to becoming complicit in the undermining of public education. Indeed you have met the enemy and have discovered yourself.

Don Perl
The Coalition for Better Education

— Don Perl
NCTE ning


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