I know this much, if this program had been around when I was a kid, who was born to poverty and grew up in poverty as a child, I’d probably hate reading, and today I’m an avid reader because there were books that I enjoyed reading offered in the public schools that I attended.
Katherine Crawford-Garrett, a literacy professor at the University of New Mexico,wrote on this blog about how the rating system used by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) affected her own ability to assign readings; her dean warned her that her syllabus might offend them. After her post appeared, it was criticized by Arthur McKee, who directed the NCTQ review of teacher preparation institutions. He ridiculed Crawford-Garrett for ignoring “the science of reading.”
This is Crawford-Garrett’s response to McKee.
Dear Dr. McKee,
I just read your response to the blog entry I posted on Diane Ravitch’s website earlier this week. I interpret your response to mean that you are, perhaps, paying attention to the onslaught of critique your organization is receiving.
I decided to reply in the interest of exposing yet another layer of inaccuracies put forth by NCTQ about the teaching of reading.
I wonder, Dr. McKee…
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