Sunday, December 21, 2014

Favorite Comments of 2014, part I: Cranberry

On Mistaking “communication” for language… and shortchanging those with language impairments:

cranberry said...
It gets worse. From the Common Core "Key Points in English Language Arts:"

Just as media and technology are integrated in school and life in the twenty-first century, skills related to media use (both critical analysis and production of media) are integrated throughout the standards.

http://www.corestandards.org/resources/key-points-in-english-language-arts

Yet more time (class time, homework time), deducted from the valuable practice of reading text and writing, well, anything.

So, maybe you can't write an essay about nuclear power, but you can participate in a group of students producing a short video on nuclear power. You can search for images of nuclear plants. Or you can find the music. It's all skills, isn't it?
 

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