Natalie Wexler’s Sept. 28 Opinion article, Why Americans can’t write so good no more, decries the state of writing in schools, declaring that, “Most U.S. schools” haven’t taught students how to write, and “few teachers have been trained to teach” writing skills.
She says that students from high-poverty environments and high school seniors are especially lacking.
As a retired Miami-Dade County public school teacher, I take issue with her statements.
Our students have been writing more frequently and with better results since the 1980s, largely because of the vision of two educators, Zelda Glazer of MDCPS and Dr. Eveleen Lorton of the University of Miami, who founded an institute in 1984 that still continues. Each summer, teachers spend two weeks, without pay, experiencing the best practices in teaching reading and writing provided by national experts in the field.
Most teachers can’t wait for school to begin so that they can practice what they have experienced.
Our students achieve high passing rates on the state writing assessment, illustrating that our teachers know how to teach writing and, aided by what they’ve learned from the Writing Institute, are doing excellent work in preparing students.
Constance McGee, Pembroke Pines