Objections to Standardized Testing

In the Opinion page column "Teaching Is a Universal Responsibility," Feb. 5, the author's argument against standardized testing would be bolstered by a reading of Jonathan Kozol's book "Savage Inequalities." Mr. Kozol, like the author, questions the overall damage done to the student through the use of standardized tests.

Education, by its very nature, must engage the mind of the student; the introduction of diverse material is paramount to the intellectual growth of the student. If teaching becomes burdened with administrative practices, we will do a disservice to our youth. John G. Balboni, Worcester, Mass.

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