For our First Discussion Board Post, I am interested to your reaction to the "Why Johnny Can't Write" article from 1975 that appeared in Newsweek magazine. This article started a back to basics movement in both K-12 and Secondary Education that returned phonics to prominence and was the impetus for the kinds of high-stakes testing like MCAS that has such a grip, to this day, on the American Education Landscape.
For this first post, I invite you simply to react. What do you think about as you read this article? There is no word count or particular requirement, simply respond to what I see as a kind of historical document (a DB for a DBQ?) for the field of Literacy Studies.