Letters

THE INFAMOUS “SPEECH EXAM”
Deborah Dash Moore’s review of Ruth Jacknow Markowitz’s My Daughter the Teacher mentions anti-Semitism as one force which drove teachers out of the public school system. It also prevented Jews from even becoming teachers. The infamous “speech exam,” required at Brooklyn College before one was allowed to do student teaching, sidetracked me and many others. Any kind of regionalism in one’s speech was okay as long as it was not recognizable as a “New York accent.”

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