Assessing Writing, a Predicament

Like any other skill, writing improves with practice. The more we write, the more proficient we become; indeed, if a student is inspired to write—and truly enjoys the process—he or she will get a bit better at it without any teacher direction at all. Of course, we still need qualified teachers to introduce all students—even […]

Too Much Reading!

Yes, as blasphemous as it sounds, students today spend too much time reading, at least in school. It’s understandable, of course, for four reasons: 1.) Writing proficiency is disappearing from the national education debate—with reading and math getting all of the attention—so there’s little incentive for teachers, school districts, and states to invest much time […]