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Van Hooft ’38 Has Letter to Editor Published

Gordon E. Van Hooft, a 1938 graduate of Hobart College, had a letter to the editor published in the July 12 Albany Times Union. His letter, titled “Test system suffers from doing too much too fast,” criticized the state's testing program and the impact on students – failures and dropouts. “When the state Education Department makes a mistake, and then compounds it with a reaction that admits to its own infallibility, educators and parents around the state quite naturally express anger and lack confidence in those in charge,” wrote Van Hooft. “In the state Education Department after Sputnik, it took us three to four years to introduce new courses in science, including physics, before imposing the new Regents exam. The danger now is that fewer students will be inclined to enroll in physics, especially girls, and the rush to create more “junior scientists” will backfire.”