[Susan notes: Joanne makes a crucial point: If we want to improve high schools, we need to make them more like good elementary schools.]
To the editor
Whenever there is a problem in education, Diane Ravitch finds some aspect of progressivism to blame. This time the bogeyman under the bed is Whole Language, which she says not only keeps students from reading well enough to do high school work but also damages their spelling and grammar skills.
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