[Susan notes: I don't want to comment on my own letter --except to say I was cooking dinner when this outrageous program aired. . . and I levitated.]
Submitted to NPR All Things Considered but not published
To the editor
Although I disagree with the conclusions they draw, I acknowledge that both Anita Silvey and and Sandra Stotksy draw on long experience in the field of what students read. What I don't understand is why NPR would give so much air time to a commercial outfit--Renaissance Learning-- selling a product that rates Peter Rabbit, Curious George Rides a Bike, and Alice Walker's The Color Purple all at a grade 4 reading level. William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury comes in at 4.4. As a longtime teacher whose mission in life was to help kids find books that would knock their socks off, I think people at NPR need to do their homework before providing a platform for this nonsense. You might start by checking out the reading matter of people right there at NPR.
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