Public Writing about Writing

This page is an ongoing list of blogs, columns, and other sites that focus on questions relevant to contemporary writing instruction at all levels, K-16. It’s a hot topic right now — and I’ll do my best to maintain a record of all that’s said! If any readers of this page see things that should be added, please email me!

Blogs to read (permanent list):

Mike Rose’s blog – A blog by Mike Rose, one of the leading researchers/teachers in composition and frequent public commentator about writing

“The Answer Sheet” – Valerie Strauss, Washington Post – one of the most consistently solid and provocative blogs

Susan Ohanian’s blog – Blog by teacher activist Susan Ohanian. Contains links out to many other sources

Bridging Differences. Deborah Meier and, until recently, Diane Ravitch. A new blogger will join soon.

Diane Ravitch’s blog – http://dianeravitch.net/

Recent posts worth reading (from a list started by Cathy Fleischer):

Peter Smagorinsky on good teachers behind good essays:

http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/05/25/is-there-a-teacher-in-this-room-why-dont-we-ever-recognize-the-great-teachers-behind-the-great-students/?cxntfid=blogs_get_schooled_blog

Peter Smagorinsky on the manufactured “crisis of literacy”:
http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/06/13/uga-prof-the-real-educational-crisis-is-manufactured-educational-crises/

Michael Moore on why teachers are leaving the profession:
http://savannahnow.com/column/2012-06-19/moore-decline-teaching-profession#.T-CfMHlYuWU

Valerie Stauss on Texas getting rid of critical thinking skills:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/colbert-skewers-texas-gop-on-critical-thinking/2012/07/18/gJQAn7nsuW_blog.html

and
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/texas-gop-rejects-critical-thinking-skills-really/2012/07/08/gJQAHNpFXW_blog.html?tid=sm_btn_digg

Susan Ohanian: on profitability of tests
http://truth-out.org/news/item/11361-outing-act-test-and-punish-doesnt-educate-but-is-profitable-for-testing-companies

Open letter to president by university prof:  http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/09/17/election-2012-does-either-presidential-candidate-offer-hope-on-education/

Atlantic Monthly discussion about writing instruction following the publication of “The Writing Revolution”, an interesting (and, IMO, problematic) article about writing instruction in a NY high school

http://www.theatlantic.com/debates/education/

atlantic article and another response:
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/10/the-writing-revolution/309090/3/

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/09/the-best-writing-teachers-are-writers-themselves/262858/

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/10/creativity-is-not-the-enemy-of-good-writing/263058/#

Movie about the Seattle Public Schools MAP boycott (with links to great other materials)

https://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/map-test-boycott-the-movie/