Creeping Kudzu and Teaching Writing: the Connection

By Catherine Gewertz — May 10, 2010 1 min read
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To get your week started, you could do worse than to begin with a bracing attack on an approach to literacy instruction. It’s not often that you will encounter someone comparing a popular literacy-instruction approach to an invasive plant species (and not in a good way).

Will Fitzhugh, the editor of The Concord Review, which publishes impressive research papers by high school students, launches that attack on his blog. He coins the memorable term “literary kudzu” to describe the laser-like focus with which educators are advocating evidence-based techniques and processes in teaching writing. Fitzhugh has long called attention to the importance of in-depth research papers in high school, and the lack thereof. Check it out.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.