They Need It All

The nation’s children don’t need phonics or literature; they don’t need skills or content; they don’t need to work with their heads or their hands. They need it all.

So says Karen Chenoweth in her Education Week commentary, “Successful Schools Avoid False Choices.”  Not surprisingly, I agree.  Too often, we educators dangle from the pendulum as it swings back and forth between one extreme position and the other, when what we should do is let go of the darn thing.  We won’t fall into the abyss; we’ll land on the ground where we have a chance to make pragmatic, professional decisions about the best way to teach given students in given contexts.

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