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Objections to Standardized Testing

February 26, 1992

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.

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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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