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    YES. SI. OUI.

    The idea of having bilingual education is fabulous (“Speaking Their Languages,” October 1)! I can’t imagine why knowledge of two or more languages is somehow a deficit.

    Carol Boris / Lincoln

    The private sector can do whatever it wants, but I don’t want my tax dollars used to support bilingualism in the public schools. This is another example of the consequences of out-of-control illegal immigration.

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    Spending taxpayer dollars on English-only programs that prevent students from progressing in math or science until they get proficient in English first has proven to be inefficient from an economic point of view. If you want to get the most out of your tax money, you should be in favor of the best education possible so these kids become workers who contribute to your Medicare and Social Security.

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    TALKING BACK

    We appreciate the Globe Magazine highlighting the importance of students talking in class (“Making Old School New School,” October 1), a practice the Bay State Reading Institute encourages. However, your statement that many of our 11 partner districts “have schools that underperform on state tests” is unfortunate, since only a handful of the schools we’ve partnered with continue to underperform, particularly after working with us for a few years. What really matters is how far schools have taken their students from where they started. From 2012 to 2016 the number of BSRI partner schools at the highest level (Level 1) on the state accountability system tripled, while the number at the lowest level were cut in half. Statewide, percentages were virtually unchanged.

    Ed Moscovitch

    Executive Director and Cofounder, Bay State Reading Institute

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    Gloucester

    Where were these strategies when I went to elementary school in the ’50s? It would have saved me quite a few nights after school writing 100 times on the blackboard, “I will not talk in class.”

    JAG49 / posted on bostonglobe.com

    EDUCATION R&D

    Public schools could be doing a lot more [innovating] (“Hey Beacon Hill: We Need an R&D Budget for Education,” October 1) if we got rid of the high stakes tied to MCAS. The test-and-punish regime has stifled [our ability] to try new things.

    JLBD / posted on bostonglobe.com

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    As Alec Resnick points out, it’s true that many students don’t find traditional schools a great fit. At the same time, New England is experiencing a critical shortage of skilled tradespeople. Let’s not overlook vocational education when it comes to academic innovation in our high schools.

    Luiza Mills

    Vice President of Human Resources, Interstate Electrical Services

    North Billerica

    NOISE REDUCER

    When someone starts disturbing others in a public place [with] loud or unnecessary cellphone calls (Miss Conduct, October 1), I take out my harmonica and start playing “Oh, Susannah!” or some other melody. I get dirty looks from the offender, but a lot of smiles from others. This has worked in airport gate areas, post office lines, and similar places.

    Al Papianou / Foxborough

    BENCH WARMER

    Thank you, thank you for this piece (“Waiting for the Call,” October 1). In today’s fractured and broken world, there is little in the newspaper that makes us laugh. That article was so cleverly written, it made me laugh right out loud. Thank you for the very restorative moment of laughter.

    Patricia Aucoin / Dedham

    Brilliantly written and hilarious piece. It “talked to me,” as I am nearly 78 and hitting the gym daily, waiting for my well-deserved title fight.

    Ira Steinberg / Waltham

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