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September 1st, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 9/1/2009

Editor's Note: SATs remained the hot topic for Tuesday’s "American Morning" viewers, who did not anticipate such testing to end. Others did not believe testing was an indicator of future success.

  • Joshua: I have been a full-time SAT professional for 10 years, having spent years with a cooperate company and years as a high-end Los Angeles tutor. I am thankful that CNN is taking a serious look at the test; however, there was a fair amount of misinformation and error by omission in today's broadcast. First of all, the ACT is poised to overtake the SAT nationally in number of test takers this year. The differences go WELL beyond region, and students should know that every 4-year school in America accepts either test. And while I see the commercial appeal of shedding light on the seedy underbelly of the test prep world, cuts in high school budgets, which often have devastating impacts on college counseling offices, are leaving students SERIOUSLY unprepared for the testing process, which, while hardly perfect, is not going anywhere anytime soon... and telling students that 800 schools are SAT optional is, sadly but truly, misleading. I'm looking forward to the rest of your story... I am a loyal CNN watcher and would be happy to share the high-end tutor prospective with my favorite news network. Thanks again.
  • Stephanie: Why does our media focus only on the higher education process in the USA? We are loosing an international battle over the education of our young and future leaders. Over seas children are subjected to more intense tests in preparation for higher education and spend more per capita on studying for tests than we do in the USA. Why are we looking to soften our countries standards and weaken our children, by making testing organizations out as enemies and suggesting to adults and children that stress and hard work studying are not virtues we as americans treasure?

How do you feel about ending SATs as a measure for entrance into a university or college? Is there a better indicator for success? What do you think: considering the College Board (the organization that develops the test) is a non-profit organization, are senior executives earning salaries appropriate or excessive?

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  1. Chris Bourassa

    I agree with Bob, just saw an Autotune News, not funny but annoying. I have a great sense of humor, but this is CNN's first step at becoming the next YouTube, only smaller.

    September 2, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  2. Brad Theodore

    I can't fathom why these companies that received bailout money can justify large bonuses. I'm a manager of a restaurant and am getting my butt kicked by this economy. I'm not getting a bailout now, am I? But these ridiculous people can justify these bonuses from MY tax money! it's not right , but you know what would make it right? Shares in the company, training from their company and their resources. Imagine what their millions of dollars in bonuses of resources from their company could do for my restaurant or any other business that is struggling.

    September 2, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  3. juliet cno

    regarding the baltimore charter schools that are forced to receive the 33% raises but laying off the teachers. if "they dont want" the raises, why dont the teachers volunteer to take the raises and distributed the raises among some of the teachers that have been laid off and help save their positions. this will be an act of "paying it forward" and helping the school to stay in operation

    September 2, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  4. Chris Bourassa

    The Kipp teacher issue is another example as to why I have long despised unions. These teachers care about their students and want them to learn and succeed, yet the union cares not about the teachers wants, only what the contracts says. The teachers are not being treated unfairly. They could easily modify their contract between the schools and teacher, even if temporarily. Unions had their place at one point in our countries history, their time will soon be up across all industries.
    Also, these teachers should take the raise they are given, put it aside in a savings account and have that as a fall back for school supplies, hire temporary teachers, school trips, etc.

    September 2, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  5. Bob Smith

    Please stop covering the "Autotune the News" videos. They are not funny and they are not news. I always change the channel but I hate watching Robin Meade.

    September 2, 2009 at 8:26 am |