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NCTE Speaks Out on the LEARN Act

Ohanian Comment: Stephen Krashen is right: NCTE is selling teacher professionalism down the river. And what they are doing to children is unspeakable. See his analysis here. (Left column, free download)

by Stephen Krashen

The announcement on the NCTE website that promotes the LEARN Act also, in the same sentence, asks us to "Support Teachers as Professionals in Defining Teacher Effectiveness."

What does this mean? By supporting the Learn Act the NCTE and its emphasis on direct instruction and massive testing, the NCTE is NOT "supporting teachers as professionals." Under LEARN, teachers simply administer a detailed set of exercises for all aspects of literacy, and prepare students for frequent testing. LEARN would interpret "teacher effectiveness" as faithfully following the prescribed program.

You don't believe me? Take a good look at the LEARN Act

— Stephen Krashen




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