There was a fascinating article in a recent Kappan journal that discussed the state of education in Texas. Thanks to Gov. Bush, the schools whose students tested poorly (mostly poor schools with minority students) are forced to raise their test scores to satisfy the Governor and his people. The way teachers do this is by teaching to the test and teaching how to take timed tests. Of course, this means that real education goes by the wayside to make time to teach test taking skills. As a result, the concept of equalizing education among the schools in Texas backfires. Poor testing students get drilled in the art of reading short passages and picking correct answers from a list and never read anything authentic or get practice in thinking critically. Everytime I hear Bush brag about his testing program and how the scores are being raised, I gag thinking about the students are missing out on real learning. Lonna Smith Sasn Jose State University >Whether or not George Bush is a great communicator, his philosophy of >training and testing as a cure-all for the nation's schools is naive and >dangerous. _________________________________________________________________________ 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.