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lkk and jonathans, I know whereof you speak. I think mostly because the topic was more focused on what it's like to learn English and what techniques work, we simply didn't have the time to address the points you mention. If it were the topic for discussion at some point, I would be *more* than happy to address the issue of the AMAOs, AYP etc. (the "measure of success" to which you allude) that prompted the discussion. I too would appreciate the opportunity to address the federal mandates and what they mean, especially for an audience whose main knowledge of the topic might only be limited to the information they might glean from a cursory glance through a newspaper article or a quick reference on a radio show. :-)
That being said, I can understand why we didn't get to this point in the discussion. We could easily have spent one whole hour talking about the varied experiences of second language learners; another hour talking about the different program options available; another hour talking about effective teaching techniques; another hour talking about federal mandates and measures, and what they do--and don't--tell us; and another hour talking about adult and community education. :-) Ah well. Another day, another time, perhaps.
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