NOTE: PLEASE COMPLETE THIS POST NO LATER THAN NOON ON THURSDAY, 4 JUNE 2020.
In 1975, the year this article appeared in Newsweek magazine, "Why Johnny Can't Write" became the talk of the nation. The article became so popular that that title phrase "Why Johnny Can't . . . has become ubiquitous. It's used to signal that students don't know something--math, coding, how to be a member of a workplace, etc. Sometimes Jane doesn't know something in these enlightened times.
This was a popular article written for a general audience--not research written by teachers for teachers. In your post, write your reaction to this article: your reaction to what it argues, how it makes the argument. What you know about the organizations that the article talks about. Does it affect how your read or react to it to understand that it was written 45 years ago?
In a second post, what is your reaction to what your classmates have to say? Try to avoid the "Oh, I totally agree with everything you said" stuff.
FOR THURSDAYS IN CLASS MEET UP: To follow up on this, on your own, locate any article that uses as it's title "What Johnny or Jan Can't . . . " It'll be great if we can get a wide range of titles from a wide range of time periods. A quick google search should do it.
Come to class ready to talk about what your article says Johnny can't do and how it makes it's argument. Be ready, also, to talk about what commonalities you see across the two articles--yours and the original. We'll explore what we find and talk about what this tells us, as future teachers, about what we face teaching today in the US Classroom. Hopefully, we'll be able to combine all three meet up sessions discoveries and conversations to make the point.