December 30, 2000


Harold O Levy


New York City Board of Education


By  Email


Chancellor Levy:


I would like to bring to your attention  Kathleen Vail’s fine article, “Nurturing the Life of the Mind: If Schools Don’t Value Intellect, Who Will?”  the cover story in the January 2001 issue of the American School Board Journal, available online at  


I have recently distributed notice of the article to parents and others in NYC on my  email list.  It has elicited extraordinary response. The article’s main message resonates with parents of children currently attending  NYC public schools.


Nowehere is the anti-intellectualism in public schools more blatantly evident than in the current National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards based mathematics reform.


Elizabeth Carson