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Reflecting on "let 'em cheat".

I enjoyed your article regarding the use of iPods for test taking ("Understanding the Times," June 2007). I'm happy to see that someone really gets it! You hit the issue head-on when you made the point, "The typical school testing environment is artificial and contrived, with no real-world connection." Unfortunately, most students who succeed in our schools today are students who test better and memorize better than their classmates. As a lifelong educator in career and technology education, I can say that "real world connections" are a way of life for us. Thank you again for your stance.

David J. Churchman, vice principal, Parkside High School, Salisbury, Md.

In my attempt to change the attitude towards student use of technology in our districts I have hit many roadblocks. Your article addresses many of these very well. We must teach our children to be intuitive and become the learners they will need to be in their future, not ours.

J. Todd Chicchirichi, staff development/ technical assistance coordinator, Regional Education Service Agency VIII, Martinsburg, W. Va.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Churchman, David J.; Chicchirichi, J. Todd
Publication:District Administration
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Aug 1, 2007
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