- what is wrong with student writing?
- where does the blame lie?
- what should be done to fix it?
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For our first class, I've asked you to read this 1975 article from Newsweek, "Why Johnny Can't Write." If that title seems familiar to you, it is because, since that appearance, the trope of "why Johnny can't" (or Jane or American Students, etc) do whatever (read, write, code, do algebra, etc) has persisted in education.
I would like to use this article to frame our discussions this semester. For that to happen, I think it's important to consider what the article is actually saying: