Sunday, April 11, 2010
Newkirk Chapters 3 & 6
Newkirk proposes that the biggest story in literacy development is not that students fail to learn to read and write (though some do and they deserve special attention and help), but that they soon perceive school literacy as alienating work.
Students develop "basic" skills but millions don't progress from there. As they move through school, studies show, they do less and less reading and writing voluntarily. Any effort to teach analytic or reflective literacy skill is built on the premise of engagement, for analysis is unpacking of our reactions and involvement. (p.129)
What are your thoughts regarding this assertion by Newkirk?