Reader E. Yates' recent letter ("Stop obsessing over student testing," Sept. 23) is the best discussion I've read about the problems with America's declining education system.

The letter should be sent to the U.S. Department of Education because it clearly identifies why our children are falling behind those of other nations.

I'm not an educator, but I am a concerned and educated citizen who's long been worried about the declining state of our educational system. Report after report ranks our children well behind those of other nations in critical subjects like mathematics, science and reading.

Perhaps the excellent letter by E. Yates will be noticed by someone who can put our educational system back on the right track.

John V. Daley, Ellicott City