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Overhaul Of Education

March 04, 1990

Re: Thomas Cahill's review of Howard Gardner's book, "To Open Minds" (Book Review, Jan. 14):

To Cahill's comment that Gardner "goes off the rails entirely" in calling for "individual-centered learning," and that educational theorists are "not in any schools in the real world," I would reply that those who are busiest home-schooling their children are living and proving the worth of such an idea.

A short look back in our history reveals a similar scheme working in countless one-room schoolhouses.

If, as many believe, our education system would benefit from a complete overhaul, these two sources have not yet been mined of all their realistic, effective, simple and inexpensive methods.

KAREN RASKIN-YOUNG, NORTH HOLLYWOOD

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