A Time When Tears Cease

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When my youngest son was learning to read, I started teaching him with the phonics program I had used with his older brother. A few months into the year we had made little to no progress. I was frustrated, he was frustrated, and we were both often in tears. At Christmas I borrowed another phonics … [Read more...]

When Writing Programs Fail

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When I first began teaching literature and writing at the College of William and Mary in Virginia fifteen years ago, my freshmen were not exactly polished writers. Out of every class of thirty freshmen students, four or five would turn in grammatically correct, coherent, clean papers. Of those, … [Read more...]