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From the New York Times

Written by P Schwarz on 05-29-2001

To the Editor:As a principal and former kindergarten teacher, I was skeptical of the Success for All reading program described in "Teaching by the Book" (front page, May 23).

So I visited a classroom using the program. I saw a teacher reading mechanically from a script. At one point she read the question, "If there is ice in the river, it is ___?" One boy said, "Cold." (The "correct" answer was "winter.") The teacher responded: "Are you reading or just thinking? No thinking in here. Go back to your book and give me the right answer."


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