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Public education ought to be a fairly simple thing. But in the real world, full of the push and shove of economic and social inequality, it has proven over and over to be an extremely difficult institution to run successfully. Full Story
Laurel Davis

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Aug 19, 2011
Bill Donovan's column on "Inspiring Cheats" is one of the best articles I've read on the current state of education. As a retired teacher and administrator with experience in NY, VT and FL, I have seen first hand the problems that public education faces. Mr. Donovan's opinion makes a great deal of sense and he states it with authority and brevity. I will admit that, while I was a third grade teacher, I helped my students on "benchmark" tests the school gave to determine the readiness of the students in passing the statewide standardized tests. I read the questions to them and guided them in looking for key words and previously "learned" strategies that might help them figure out the answer. I like to think that it wasn't just because our names and results were posted for all to see, but that I truly felt it was of no value to give my students a "one size fits all" test that all were not prepared to pass. Any competent teacher can tell you which students are performing below grade level without benefit of a standardized test!

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