[Susan notes: The writer is a recent recipient of the University Provost 2008 Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activities. There are so many quotable lines. Here's one:
To the editor
Derek Boucher's op-ed piece "'Reading First' is a costly failure" did a wonderful job of explaining a complex issue. Here is a situation where the solution (lockstep learning, in which all children are expected to learn the same thing at the same minute, regardless of their developmental stages) is worse than the problem (schools serving impoverished students have lower reading scores). Quantifying everything, relying on standardized tests, and using scores to grade schools and teachers, have driven good teachers from the profession and weakened our educational system. Reading is not a competition, it is a joy and a lifelong learning tool. These practices teach students that reading is a mind-numbing chore.
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