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I liked the way Elissa Silverman’s article on charter schools (“Blue Light Special on the Three R’s,” 3/26) took the piss out of a ridiculous phenomenon (please tell me “Young Technocrats” is a joke), but we could do without lines like “Given the general state of District schools, you wouldn’t think [charter schools] would be a tough sell….” If I wanted snide little bits of public-schools-bashing like that, I’d be reading the Washington Post.

As a 21-year-old white boy from Adams Morgan who passed through J.F. Oyster, Alice Deal, and Woodrow Wilson, and who’s now doing pretty well for himself with the big kids, I’m tired of people dissing—and what’s worse, casually dismissing—a system that gave me not only an outstanding technical education, but an absolutely priceless cultural education.

Cambridge, Mass.

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