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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Please For To Read

This is a story about a school on Staten Island that was about to be shutdown and turned everything around by teaching writing.  I can remember as a young teacher having arguments about my school needing a unified writing curriculum between the English and history departments.  I stressed the need to teach the formula at first so that students could break the formula later.  I ran into opposition from English teachers who hated formula and history teachers who felt they didn't know how to teach writing.  When we moved to our current school we embraced - at least briefly - a comprehensive writing approach.

And that's pretty much what turned this school around.

I've always felt that the "collapse of American public education" has always been overstated but there is clearly a great deal of room for improvement.

This might be a key component.

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