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Your quote without context is unfair.
Bush is correct in saying that many students
are at-risk because they have not learned.
Too little has been expected of many of
our students which has led to their under-
achievement. Bush has it right when he
says that more should be expected--from
students and educators alike.

Cathy Seyler
CPI Reading Learning Specialist
Palm Beach Community College
at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
561/625-2314   Fax 561/625-2475



-----Original Message-----
From: Melodye Wiens [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2000 7:52 AM
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Subject: Perceptions determine policies


Colleagues,

No matter what you think of either of the presidential candidate's
overall performances in the October 3rd debate, I hope that Governor
George W. Bush's discussion about education -- and his comment about
"at-risk" students in particular -- caught your attention.

In reference to "at-risk" students, Bush states, "...basically, they
can't learn."

You and I both know this is inaccurate. We may hope that Governor Bush
really doesn't mean what he said. But suppose that he does...and suppose
that at some point, he suggests policies that align with that perception
-- either at a state or a national level. What then -- for our students,
for our programs, and for the field of developmental education?

I pose this as more than a rhetorical question. My hope is that we can
have some healthy discussion on what we developmental educators can and
should do, in response to this misstatement.

Please respond to the list. We'll compile the results and will work with
you to carry forth any response you feel is appropriate. There are no
national politics or politicians, where developmental education is
concerned, but we believe that our strength is in our association with
each other.

Of course, your individual responses -- differing or in agreement -- are
welcomed. That's the way a democracy works, after all.

Melodye Wiens and Becky Garlick
NADE Political Liaison Committee co-chair
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714-669-5735