Category Archives: Teaching Literature and Writing

The Coring of the Six Hundred (with apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Row on row, row on row, Row on row stationed Sick at their monitors Sat the six hundred. “You may now type your Username” Said the test proctor. Set up for failure Sat the six hundred.   “Enter your password … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Poetry, Teaching Literature and Writing | 2 Comments

For David Coleman, on the Occasion of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday

Wrote this piece some time ago. Just getting around to posting it. I once read, in “The American Scholar,” I think, or perhaps it was in “Verbatim,” a tragic report on the paucity of dedicated swear words in classical Latin. … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Teaching Literature and Writing | Leave a comment

On the Pseudoscience of Strategies-Based Reading Comprehension Instruction, or What Current Comprehension Instruction Has in Common with Astrology

Why the Standards-and Testing Approach, as Currently Designed, Doesn’t Work in ELA Permit me to start with an analogy. As a hobby, I make and repair guitars. This is exacting work, requiring precise measurement. If the top (or soundboard) of … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Teaching Literature and Writing | 4 Comments

On Developing Curricula in the Age of the Thought Police

“The drive toward the formation of metaphors is the fundamental human drive, which one cannot for a single instant dispense with in thought, for one would thereby dispense with man himself.” –Friedrich Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Teaching Literature and Writing, Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Who Said Life Ain’t No Crystal Stair?

The CCSSO explains: Education is Stairmastery The CCSSO has a new design for its website on the Common [sic] Core [sic] State [sic] Standards [sic]. The previous design was cleaner and more attractive, but who cares? Let’s get to what … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Teaching Literature and Writing, Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Becoming an EduPundit Made EZ

    Photo: Rotten Apples The nineteenth century was the era of the traveling medicine show. Grifters slithered from town to town in rural parts of the country, peddling magical elixirs. John D. Rockefeller’s father was one such. He would … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Teaching Literature and Writing | Tagged | 1 Comment

What Happens When Amateurs Write “Standards”

John Martin, illustration for John Milton’s Paradise Lost, “Satan Presiding at Internal Council.” (Or is this an illustration of a meeting of the CCSSO and NGA to come up with a totalitarian set of “standards” to foist upon everyone else … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Reform, Poetry, Teaching Literature and Writing | 11 Comments