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Peter Sacks, author of Standardized Minds: The High Price of America's Testing Culture and What We Can Do About It, discusses education issues on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Fulton Street Theater. The event, sponsored by Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, is open to the public and free of charge. A benefit reception and book signing begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $15. To reserve a seat for the lecture or attend the reception, please call 331-9260 or e-mail

Sacks, a Boise resident, is an author, essayist and social critic whose work on education and American culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Boston Review, Los Angeles Times and many other publications. He is currently at work on a book about social class and the American education system.