National Writing Project

Over the past couple of days, I have witnessed almost universal praise for Dana Goldstein’s Why Kids Can’t Write*. Since
Hopefully, the majority of you are resting on your laurels and enjoying the extra sleep, but for those who are beginning to feel antsy or wonder what's next, I have a few suggestions for when the NaNoWriMo glow wears off.
Deeming a student's work "trash" is neither the mark of a good teacher with high expectations nor is it the mark of a particularly good human being. It's the sign of a bully, of someone who can only build him or herself up by tearing someone else down.
One man is purchasing his view of what American education should be. This is not democratic. It is horrific. And it doesn't stop there.
The trouble with being a writer is that you have work through things. You have to work through your life. Things like work and laundry and cooking dinner and friends and holidays.
Which brings us to the next element in how I approach voice: what is the character's relationship to their own telling. What
The National Writing Project believes in teachers and their agency at a time when almost no one else does.
The thing is, Congressman, you pulled the plug on a thoughtful investment in education. Killing an investment that is bearing good fruit is wasteful, sir. Maintaining that investment is prudent.
How can we say with integrity that we want all students to have the core skills they need to succeed at the same time that we wipe out programs that provide powerful support for millions of children?
Are we prioritizing education in this nation or not? Looks like not. We are prioritizing defense. As is usually the case, Congress and our policy makers have their priorities wrong.