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[Susan notes: All I can say is read this article. It is over-the-top nonsense, all in the name of the Common Core. More people should do what Joseph Mugivan has done and object.


Submitted to New York Teacher but not published

To the editor

As a retired teacher and an adjunct in literacy studies, I found it troubling to read

your Teacher to Teacher article A Data Driven Approach To Teaching Literacy. It gives credence to those who believe that literacy development is a reductionist activity. It's like believing that a good driver must know about all of the moving parts of a car, before going onto the road. There is no mention of the social aspects of literacy development made famous by Paolo Friere, where children need to interact with each other in a literacy environment through shared reading. Grammar is more effectively learned within the context of the writing process, not in decontextualized isolated bits called "cycles" where authentic assessment is subjective. I hope that new teachers will explore the use of portfolio assessment in the writing process and not reduce literacy to bits and pieces, which produce nonsense to children and will turn them off as well as teachers. This should be the "Main Idea" in our quest for literacy development against the Common Core evaluations.

Joseph Mugivan

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