I, an ardent Democrat and supporter of Gore, came to the same conclusion as many of you. I think Bush was nervous and trying to get a lot of ideas across quickly, and his error was more of a error in debating than of his actual knowledge and thinking. What disturbs me more is the person who wrote 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." I hope I am misinterpreting these remarks, but they sound like there is a lot of fingerpointing going on. The reasons that students are at risk are as numerous as there are students. Small expectations from poor teachers is only one possibility. It is easy to blame teachers for students' poor achievement. The fact is that, as in every profession, educators can be horrible or fabulous or anything in between. Poor students can come from good teachers and good students can come from poor teachers. It's not a simple cause and effect relationship. Lonna Smith San Jose State University _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com. Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at http://profiles.msn.com.