Teaching Writing or Teaching to the Test?

Curtis Sittenfild’s confessional article “Those Who Can’t Teach” in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine made me think about what it means to teach writing. Sittenfild, author of the novel Sisterland, describes an experience she had as a volunteer tutor when she tried–unsuccessfully–to help someone pass the English section of the G.E.D. Exam.¬†When Sittenfild moved away, […]

Should schools require children to learn cursive? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

Should schools require children to learn cursive? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com. Since I started teaching English fourteen years ago, I’ve noticed a steady decline in my students’ abilities to write in cursive. When I started my career, the veteran English department chairperson at my school insisted that we require all students write in […]