November 20, 1985

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As the assistant director of an organization that is among those leading the charge in conservative educational philosophy, it seems appropriate for me to respond to Stephen Arons's recent Commentary, "The Great Secular-Humanism Debate Reveals a Truth About Public Schooling" (Oct. 16, 1985). Apparently neither he nor a significant portion of the public understands what is at the heart of this issue.
Incompetent teachers represent a relatively small proportion of the teaching force, but the number of students who are being taught by such teachers is substantial. Even if only 5 percent of the teachers in public elementary and secondary schools are incompetent, the number of students being taught by these teachers exceeds the combined public-school enrollments of the 14 smallest states.
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