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Susan Notes:

The appearance of a book by a fellow activist is always good news. Kudos to Rog.

Dear Friends of Education,

In concert with the work and activism of many of you, I want to inform you of Rowman and Littlefield's publication of Educational Genocide-A Plague on our Children by Horace (Rog) Lucido. At a time when major educational decisions are in the process of being made at the local, state and national levels, the message of this work could have significant impact on all those who have a stake in our children's education.

Educational Genocide-A Plague on our Children is the result of over five years of intense research as well as twenty-five years of fieldwork on the impacts of high stakes testing on students, teachers, and schools. Educational genocide aptly describes what is currently happening to many of our students. This silent atrocity is taking place under our watch. Across our country educational policies and practices are killing our students’ desire to learn and teachers’ passion to teach. The central theme of this book is that high-stakes testing is having a critically deleterious effect on our students. The fallout impacts parents, teachers, schools, districts and states. It uses language and supportive evidence that is clear and relatable to the reader. Rarely is the topic of teacher care and concern for their students ever embedded in works on educational theory and practice. Here it is championed as the driving force for change, exposing the causes of what I consider educational malfeasance, chronicles the effects, and also goes further to describe one possible solution: Forgiving Learning.


Education Genocide is much more than a wake-up call. Lucido’s exhaustive research and first-hand experience should ignite outrage and a '60's era revolt against high stakes test abuse overtaking the nation’s public schools under the punitive politics of No Child Left Behind. Mind-numbing testing can no longer be ignored as a major source of escalating drop-out of students and teachers.

--Jo Ann Rupert Behm, M.S., RN, Former President, Board of Directors, Public Policy Chair, Healthy Children Project Coordinator, Learning Disabilities Association of California

This insightful book dares to challenge the world we offer children when we trumpet "No excuses!”--and offers a better way.

-Susan Ohanian, author, education activist, longtime teacher, fellow at the Education Policy Research Unit at Arizona State University and at the Vermont Society for the Study of Education, Winner of 2003 NCTE George Orwell award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language

High stakes testing appeals to politicians and bean counters. Real educators, like Rog Lucido, use varying and creative methods to reach different kinds of children, and they judge their success by multiple measures. Which kind of students does America need--cookie cutter clones or critical thinkers? Educational Genocide describes the crisis in our public schools and offers remedies for parents, teachers, and administrators.

Angelica Carpenter, Curator
Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature
California State University, Fresno

As a long time educator who has witnessed first hand the harmful effects of test score hysteria, I appreciate the very readable in-depth research Rog Lucido has provided in EDUCATIONAL GENOCIDE - A PLAGUE ON OUR CHILDREN. As our government begins the "Race to the Top," this book is a must-read for anyone who has children, is a teacher, or is involved in education in any way. I wish every legislator would read this book before casting another vote on any test score related education bill!

Helen Pitton, M.A.
Literacy Consultant
Founding member of Educators and Parents Against Test Abuse
1994 Primary "Teacher of the Year," Fresno Unified School District

This is not just a smart book. It is also a touchingly personal narrative. Don't be fooled by the fact that this work is vital and informative. It is far more than that. It's genius and what makes it memorable is Rog Lucido’s gift to speak to us, not just from the head-- but from the heart as well.

Dr. Elaine Garan
Professor of Literacy and Early Education
California State University Fresno

All major information on the book can be found on my blog site. There you will find links to my publisher’s web site for ordering as well as my Facebook page.

For direct ordering you can go to

The publisher;


Barnes and Noble: scroll down for the e-book version, hard cover and paperback;



Feel free to contact me at lucid4@cvip.net for any questions.

— Rog Lucido



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