"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Allergy to self-selected reading & libraries continues

The Alliance for Excellent Education has just published: Engineering Solutions to the National Crisis in Literacy: How to Make Good on the Promise of the Common Core State Standards. This document argues that we need to continue reading instruction in the upper grades.

My comment, posted at: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2011/04/high_school_group_calls_for_co.html?r=497182197

"The Alliance policy document fails to mention the one well-documented way of improving literacy for high school students: extensive, self-selected reading. There is no discussion at all of reading for interest/pleasure and no mention of libraries, despite the massive evidence showing the positive effects of self-selected reading and providing access to books."

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