A Literacy Education Manifesto (from 4-9-11)

I have been an English/Language Arts teacher for nearly 20 years, and most of what is going on today in education flies in the face of everything I believe about literacy education. Here are the beliefs that are currently taking control of literacy in public education:

In contrast to those ideas, all of which are currently in vogue, here are a few alternative ideas. They are not just my ideas– I have been given these ideas and had them shaped by individuals too numerous to count, but they form my manifesto: