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The Mad Wolf's Daughter lJohn Warner takes the whole Why can t kids write these days and answers it thoroughly and convincingly We re teaching them to write badly he argues and we need to stop doing that We is of course than just that mean sopho English teacher you had who hated you and made you feel bad about Prom It s than one school even It s a system that crushes individuality and thought in the name of conformity and nice sounding phrasesike college and career ready among other things It s a system Hawkes Prey Sonny Hawke Thriller loaded with folklore about grading assignments and the way kidsearn that has absolutely nothing to do with the way kids Get Over It Fab Life learn It s gobbling students alive and it s destroying teacher autonomy as well It s a handy scapegoat for politicians and wonks in think tanks tasked with dreaming up explanations of kids these days when really what they want the system to do is to produce drones for future employment all while they bilk the country dry Warner walks through the paradigms of school and today s writing courses that do considerable damage His prose is readable and engaging but also sourced and informational many of his observations will strike veteran educators and citizens who have been following all this as old news but he still manages to make it urgent and timely The book closes with several observations about how he s managed to move past the onerous conditions of a college with a predictably ill funded first year composition program and concludes with a measured plea for further thought and study Teaching andearning is complicated context dependent and incredibly variable from one situation to another he remindstells us We have misplaced our faith in fads that promise solutions because variable from one situation to another he remindstells us We have misplaced our faith in fads that promise solutions because contemplate a world without solutions is too difficult to confront We have attempted to systematize things No Prisoners Star Wars The Clone Wars likeearning that are not systematic We have neglected the human capital the people who engage in the actual work of teaching The evidence is overwhelming that we have been wrong in the way we teach students to write and think but we shouldn t fall prey to thinking a simple course correction will ead to a solution That mentality is what got us into this situation in the first place So as usual the first step towards fixing the problem is understanding the problem That means making this book widely available not
Just To Teachers Who Will Be Understandably to teachers who will be understandably and vexed at the airing of views they l see as strikingly obvious but to administrators politicians members of the community journalists and anyone else with skin in the game meaning everyone Warner joins a chorus of voices An Egg Is Quiet like Mike Rose Mark Edmundson Paulo Freire and Martha Nussbaum calling for a process based approach to education that celebrates thought and achievement over standardization and arbitrary top down yardsticks The real work as usual will be in the dissemination of these views and the slow agonizing march towards improvement Let s get to it I digested most of this book on a cross country flight moving from chapter to chapter nodding my head in agreement John Warner has written a book that will resonate with many veteran teachers whether of college or secondary composition especially those of National Writing Project experience There isn t much that is revolutionary here most of his thinking has been arrived at by other thinkers But that is also part of his argument we already know how to teach writing but educational institutions insist on pursuing shortcuts that serve efficiency not students or teachers Part of his diagnosis that I found helpful is entitled The Problem of Precarity Teaching writing is a time intensiveabor intensive apprenticeship As I ook around at colleagues who are divorcing in treatment for mental health issues and struggling with second jobs I appreciated Warner s framing of Susan Schorn s ideas around Teaching in Thin Air Professionals throw ourselves onto the Sisyphean challenges of our work often at great psychic and personal cost without the power to change the circumstances "UNDER WHICH THIS LABOR TAKES PLACE WE CAN NOT " which this abor takes place We can not our best work while so obviously over burdened and under compensatedFor a general audience or for teachers new to the profession this is a single volume that is reasonably well sourced and eminently uotable Use this to build or sho. There seems to be widespread agreement that when it comes to the writing skills of college students we are in the midst of a crisis In Why They Can't Write John Warner who taught writing at the college Professor Astro Cat's Human Body Odyssey level for two decades argues that the problem isn't caused by aack of rigor or smartphones or some generational character defect Instead he asserts we're teaching writing wrongWarner blames this on decades of educational reform rooted in standardiz. .
free read Why They Cant WriteM ine no matter how poorly they are compensated teaching in a public high school and teaching freshman comp are two very different beasts I will gladly read the SEUEL THAT REALLY ANSWERS THE NOW WHAT UESTION I that really answers the Now What uestion I still What Is a Googly?: The Mysteries of Cricket Explained left asking This book tackles aot than teaching writing but at its heart is the call for teachers to do what research has taught us about guiding student writers I cannot wait to discuss it with teachers Because of the title I went into the book expecting Warner to dig into the 5 paragraph essay and to provide a series of recommendations for other ways to teach writing He does but his interests and his critiue are much broader than the title suggestsInstead Warner tackles the educational system and identifies numerous systemic problems of which the 5 paragraph essay is just one of Yep I was nodding in agreement with each turn of the page I think Warner and I only deviate in opinion in one area school 8 years ago when my daughter s kindergarten principal said to me If you think you can do better I decided I could and have been homeschooling ever since Warner s philosophy on school is of a Sheryl Sandberg Lean In approach I get it Many of us must Of Magic and Mating New Canton Republic lean into this broken system so this is the best we can do However one bad teacher or one bad year especially in K 12 can do so much damage to the confidence and competence of a student I dike someone with Warner s passion and expertise to offer advice to parents on how to navigate the broken system That aside there are some great writing exercises and reflections in the book that can be used for all ages I see myself trying them with both my 6th and 9th grader I would definitely recommend Why They Can t Write to my homeschooling community which often falls prey to
the ease and promise of ineffective cookie cutter curriculum When given the freedom to educate children too manyease and promise of ineffective cookie cutter curriculum When given the freedom to educate children too many and teachers alike fall back on what they know rather than what s proven to be effective or folklore as Warner puts it I always felt that if teachers were given the mission to teach only one or two kids with their current class plans and curriculum everything they do would change They would realize how much time is wasted on nonsense and busywork instead of core reading and writing More than anything else students need the freedom and opportunity to read and write as much as possible with mentors to guide them I picked up John Warner s book Why They Can t Write curious to see the shape of writing on the collegiate 竹光始末 The Bamboo Sword And Other Samurai Tales level Truth be told as a high school English teacher I was also seeking affirmation inieu of naysayers The five paragraph formula was jettisoned from my classroom many years ago because I began feeling a tension between what student writers need to Bloodleaf learn and why they need toearn it Those in favor of the five paragraph essay argue that students need structural support to The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle learn what an essayooks Mismatch like Warner gives a nod to this notion in his analogy about training wheels Sure student writersike children Going All the Way Planning for a Marriage That Goes the Distance learning to ride a bike might benefit from rigid training wheels but eventually those training wheels start to wobble need ratcheting off When that happens we can expect falls bumps and bruises all natural parts of what it means to be a writer A writer gains their bearings when they experiment play and enter into a process of writing rather than a formula of writing If all student writers experience are formulas they come to believe that is writing Then they fail to see the work of a writer and understand their role in a process of writing As I read Warner s words I found myself nodding along as my beliefs about writing were strengthened He argues that if teachers are interested in helping students grow as writers it means reuiring students to take charge of theirearning through being empowered to write about subjects of interest and expertise while also practicing self reflection and self regulation This is the work of writers in the real world p 183 Indeed Warner Test logiciel en pratique lays out a philosophical framework that works to smooth out the transition from high school writing to freshman composition to writing across the disciplines It is a philosophy that focuses the attention on the work of a writer by helping students run their own brains as they stake claim to the identity of writer. W the rules such as the five paragraph essay designed to help them pass these high stakes assessmentsIn Why They Can't Write Warner has crafted both a diagnosis for what ails us and a blueprint for fixing a broken system Combining current knowledge of what works in teaching andearning with the most enduring philosophies of classical education this book challenges readers to develop the skills attitudes knowledge and habits of mind of strong write. .
Re up your writing instruction philosophy For practical how to do ideas there are many other sources see Write Beside Them Risk Voice and Clarity in High School Writing and 180 Days Two Teachers and the uest to Engage and Empower Adolescents to start with It isn t often that you read a professional book that makes you augh out oud and has you shaking your head in agreement so often that it s awkward I wish my middle school and high school teachers had read this bookI wish I had read this book 24 years agoI wish we would have conversations in public education about this book I m trying to be diplomatic hereI m glad that this m trying to be diplomatic hereI m glad that this an option for our 6 12 teachers for PD As someone who teaches in a writing intensive discipline at the college evel and who has taught writing seminars in the past I found myself nodding along with so much of what John Warner has to say here The billions that have been pumped into standardised testing private charter schools ed tech etc over the past thirty years or so haven t just been wasted they ve caused actual harm In this we are in absolute agreement I m also not the person who needs to read this book Why They Can t Write needs to find its way into the hands of the politicians who defund public education the college administrators who pay comprhetoric instructors a pittance for a crushing workload and my senior colleagues who sniff about kids these days The kids are all right it s the system that s an unholy mess In Why They Can t Write veteran college writing instructor John Warner thoughtfully explains how the educational trend toward an accountability culture in high schools narrows students thinking abilities and affects their fluency in developing depth and voice in writing With humor and insight Warner examines current writing pedagogy and then ranges beyond English classrooms to discuss other ways students are cheated by short sighted educational policies Thankfully this book also offers specific common sense solutions and approaches to right the ship of high school writing instruction Of course there are a ot of excellent writing teachers plying their trades in high schools across America Unfortunately these classroom masters are doing important effective work while freuently finding themselves at odds with administrators colleagues parents and even students who only value meaning from test scores and standardized grades Why They Can t Write will provide great writing teachers with validation vindication and rationales that support student centered composition instructionAlthough I agree with every syllable in Warner s book there is one very arge and very pink elephant in the room still waiting to be acknowledged in Why They Can t Write The five paragraph essay and other formulaic writing approaches are thriving on a surprising number of college campuses See What Is College Writing For by Ellen Andrews Knodt Some college instructors in first year writing classes reuire students to write paragraphs with a specific number of sentences with a specific purpose for each of those sentences I have seen college instructors mandate that students choose from a selection of sentence starters to begin each paragraph of a you guessed it five paragraph essay These practices are at east as debilitating in college as they are in high school So the college evel is not blameless in all of this If every college writing
instructor taught ike Professor Warner expectations of what college ready hightaught ike Professor Warner expectations of what college ready high writing Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith (Buechner, Frederick) looksike would be clear attainable and dynamic Until then Why They Can t Write suggests much for teachers to think about discuss and implement as we move toward solving the disconnect between high school and college writing instruction and instructorsThis review is also posted on my What s Not Wrong blog I wish I could award fractions of starsI would give this 3 12 or even 3 34 but I cannot give it a 4 While I agreed with the vast majority of the text minus the PB J assignment and telling education majors you feel sorry for them this book was not as solutions oriented as advertised I know there is a problem with standardized testing driving writing instruction So now what do I do about it About 10% of the book offered solutions and I did take a few things directly back to my classroom The botto. Ation assessments and accountability We have done no Warner argues than conditioned students to perform writing related simulations which pass temporary muster but do ittle to help students develop their writing abilities This style of teaching has made students passive and disengaged Worse yet it hasn't prepared them for writing in the college classroom Rather than making choices and thinking critically as writers must undergraduates simply follo.