Letters to the Editor

January 25, 2013

Letters to the editor on holding back third-graders, picking judges, waterboarding, NRA, gun rights

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed that pupils who aren’t reading at grade level at the end of the third grade be retained. As a professor of education for 30 school years, I am opposed to retaining pupils due to failing standardized test scores. The only exception would be if the parent and involved child agreed to being retained in the same grade. Otherwise, I believe flunking pupils to be a negative approach in teaching for several reasons:

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