Did the Stanford study really examine pleasure reading and critical reading? Re: Reading Literature Not Only a Pleasure (Language Magazine, October, 2012). Language Magazine, in press Stephen Krashen The recent report on a study done by Stanford researchers on the difference between “pleasure reading” and more “serious” reading seems to support recent claims by Common […]
An Academic Language Campaign? A response to Kinsella, 2012. Submitted for publication Stephen Krashen Re: Cutting to the Common Core: Disrupting Discourse, Kate Kinsella, Language Magazine, October, 2012 (http://languagemagazine.com/?page_id=5114) Kate Kinsella’s “Academic Language Campaign” consists of getting teachers to use a more academic style in the classroom and forcing their students to […]
I fasted for 24 hours on Yom Kippur and experienced mood changes and fuzzy thinking (even more than usual). Many poor children and their parents feel this way a great deal of the time. Reformers who think poverty can be overcome by will power might try fasting, even for only one day.
I respond here to one of several points Marc Tucker made in a response to Marion Brady, published in Ed Week. Below is an excerpt from Tucker’s article, followed by my response. (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/top_performers/2012/09/8_problems_with_the_common_core_state_standards_i_dont_think_so.html) (Marion Brady) says, this focus on standards is misplaced. We should instead be focused on the poverty so many of our […]
Poverty and educational attainment Sent to the Jewish Daily Forward, August 26, 2012 The Forward editorial “The debate we need” (August 24) notes that the US now has the highest poverty rate among developed nations. According to UNESCO, 23% of American children live in poverty, which ranks us 34th out of 35 economically advanced countries. […]