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 […]