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Letters: Why are American students falling behind?

Letters: Why are American students falling behind?

Re "Can U.S. students get smart?," Opinion, Dec. 14

Solomon Friedberg presents a thoughtful analysis of the new Common Core learning standards and what will be needed to raise student achievement. Regarding the implementation of the new standards, he states that "the keys to implementation are textbooks, teachers and testing." He analyzes the needed changes in each of these areas.

But as is the case with too many education experts, Friedberg ignores perhaps the most important variable: what happens in the lives of students between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.

As an educator for 36 years, it was clear to me that what students do when they leave the classroom...