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I wish I could award fractions of starsI would give this 3 1 2 or even 3 3 4, but I cannot give it a 4 While I agreed with the vast majority of the text minus the PB J assignment and telling education majors you feel sorry for them , this book was not as solutions oriented as advertised I know there is a problem with standardized testing driving writing instruction So now what do I do about it About 10% of the book offered solutions, and I did take a few things directly back to my classroom The bottom line no matter how poorly they are compensated, teaching in a public high school and teaching freshman comp are two very different beasts I will gladly read the sequel that really answers the Now What question I am still left asking. Yep I was nodding in agreement with each turn of the page I think Warner and I only deviate in opinion in one area school 8 years ago when my daughter s kindergarten principal said to me, If you think you can do better, I decided I could and have been homeschooling ever since Warner s philosophy on school isof a Sheryl Sandberg Lean In approach I get it Many of us must lean into this broken system, so this is the best we can do However, one bad teacher or one bad year, especially in K 12, can do so much damage to the confidence and competence of a student I d like someone with Warner s passion and expertise to offer advice to parents on how to navigate the broken system That aside, there are some great writing exercises and reflections in the book that can be used for all ages I see myself trying them with both my 6th and 9th grader I would definitely recommend Why They Can t Write to my homeschooling community, which often falls prey to the ease and promise of ineffective cookie cutter curriculum When given the freedom to educate children, too many parents and teachers alike fall back on what they know rather than what s proven to be effective, or folklore as Warner puts it I always felt that if teachers were given the mission to teach only one or two kids with their current class plans and curriculum, everything they do would change They would realize how much time is wasted on nonsense and busywork instead of core reading and writing More than anything else, students need the freedom and opportunity to read and write as much as possible with mentors to guide them. [Read Epub] ☪ Why They Cant Write ☫ There Seems To Be Widespread Agreement That When It Comes To The Writing Skills Of College Students We Are In The Midst Of A Crisis In Why They Can T Write, John Warner, Who Taught Writing At The College Level For Two Decades, Argues That The Problem Isn T Caused By A Lack Of Rigor, Or Smartphones, Or Some Generational Character Defect Instead, He Asserts, We Re Teaching Writing WrongWarner Blames This On Decades Of Educational Reform Rooted In Standardization, Assessments, And Accountability We Have Done No , Warner Argues, Than Conditioned Students To Perform Writing Related Simulations, Which Pass Temporary Muster But Do Little To Help Students Develop Their Writing Abilities This Style Of Teaching Has Made Students Passive And Disengaged Worse Yet, It Hasn T Prepared Them For Writing In The College Classroom Rather Than Making Choices And Thinking Critically, As Writers Must, Undergraduates Simply Follow The Rules Such As The Five Paragraph Essay Designed To Help Them Pass These High Stakes AssessmentsIn Why They Can T Write, Warner Has Crafted Both A Diagnosis For What Ails Us And A Blueprint For Fixing A Broken System Combining Current Knowledge Of What Works In Teaching And Learning With The Most Enduring Philosophies Of Classical Education, This Book Challenges Readers To Develop The Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge, And Habits Of Mind Of Strong Writers I digested most of this book on a cross country flight, moving from chapter to chapter nodding my head in agreement John Warner has written a book that will resonate with many veteran teachers, whether of college or secondary composition, especially those of National Writing Project experience There isn t much that is revolutionary here most of his thinking has been arrived at by other thinkers But that is also part of his argument we already know how to teach writing, but educational institutions insist on pursuing shortcuts that serve efficiency, not students or teachers Part of his diagnosis that I found helpful is entitled The Problem of Precarity Teaching writing is a time intensive, labor intensive apprenticeship As I look around at colleagues who are divorcing, in treatment for mental health issues, and struggling with second jobs, I appreciated Warner s framing of Susan Schorn s ideas around Teaching in Thin Air Professionals throw ourselves onto the Sisyphean challenges of our work, often at great psychic and personal cost, without the power to change the circumstances under which this labor takes place We can not do our best work while so obviously over burdened and under compensated.For a general audience, or for teachers new to the profession, this is a single volume that is reasonably well sourced and eminently quotable Use this to build or shore up your writing instruction philosophy For practical how to do ideas, there are many other sources see Write Beside Them Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing and 180 Days Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents to start with. I picked up John Warner s book, Why They Can t Write, curious to see the shape of writing on the collegiate level Truth be told, as a high school English teacher, I was also seeking affirmation in lieu of naysayers The five paragraph formula was jettisoned from my classroom many years ago because I began feeling a tension between what student writers need to learn and why they need to learn it Those in favor of the five paragraph essay argue that students need structural support to learn what an essay looks like Warner gives a nod to this notion in his analogy about training wheels Sure, student writers, like children learning to ride a bike, might benefit from rigid training wheels, but eventually, those training wheels start to wobble need ratcheting off When that happens we can expect falls, bumps, and bruises all natural parts of what it means to be a writer A writer gains their bearings when they experiment, play, and enter into a process of writing rather than a formula of writing If all student writers experience are formulas, they come to believe that is writing Then they fail to see the work of a writer and understand their role in a process of writing As I read Warner s words, I found myself nodding along as my beliefs about writing were strengthened He argues that if teachers are interested in helping students grow as writers, it means requiring students to take charge of their learning through being empowered to write about subjects of interest and expertise, while also practicing self reflection and self regulation This is the work of writers in the real world p 183 Indeed Warner lays out a philosophical framework that works to smooth out the transition from high school writing to freshman composition to writing across the disciplines It is a philosophy that focuses the attention on the work of a writer by helping students run their own brains as they stake claim to the identity of writer. Because of the title, I went into the book expecting Warner to dig into the 5 paragraph essay and to provide a series of recommendations for other ways to teach writing He does, but his interests and his critique are much broader than the title suggests.Instead, Warner tackles the educational system and identifies numerous systemic problems, of which the 5 paragraph essay is just one of many symptoms Standardized testing, standardized instruction and an over reliance on technology, an over emphasis on product and grading vs process and cultivating curiosity , undercompensation for teachers and adjunct faculty, and the precarious position financial insecurity, food insecurity, lack of time and sleep of students and teachers alike, result in a culture of schooling that breeds anxiety and a fear of risk taking This, of course, isn t good for developing students writers His recommendations, which weave their way throughout the text, are useful and challenging, but not particularly new teach the writer, cultivate authentic writing experiences, focus on process rather than product, align pedagogy with personal beliefs and values, resist teaching and tools that standardize feedback, emphasize growth not grades, recognize that learning to write isn t a linear process because writing is fundamentally about thinking and expressing ideas clearly, and provide teachers with the resources they need to do this work well.Ultimately this book reaffirmed much of what I already believe, but it was nice to hear it again all in one place. Saddening, yet humorous Frustrating, yet inspiring Problematic, yet practical Writing professor John Warner echoes what I imagine just about every teacher agrees is wrong with the American education system In short, the line, We have attempted to systematize things like learning that are not systematic, summarizes his position I agree with most of his claims and complaints Overwhelming standardized assessments Overemphasis on competitive grading Underwhelming distrust in educators intuition when it comes to teaching seriously The list goes on Warner does offer some practical methods and approaches to try to do our best within the system mainly helpful to writing teachers as that s the focus of his book Still, the chimera of a beast our society calls education reform, which is mutated every several years with promises of better solutions only to fail again, proves to be a stone proof Goliath against this well intentioned fellow educator In the end, Warner encourages readers to let the conversation begin Surely teachers and even students have been shouting their discontent long enough The true problem no one is listening. If you teach writing any kind of writing you should read this book Let me know when you ve finished so we can talk about it. John Warner takes the whole Why can t kids write these days and answers it thoroughly and convincingly We re teaching them to write badly, he argues, and we need to stop doing that We is, of course,than just that mean sopho English teacher you had who hated you and made you feel bad about Prom It sthan one school, even It s a system that crushes individuality and thought in the name of conformity and nice sounding phrases like college and career ready, among other things It s a system loaded with folklore about grading, assignments and the way kids learn that has absolutely nothing to do with the way kids learn It s gobbling students alive, and it s destroying teacher autonomy as well It s a handy scapegoat for politicians and wonks in think tanks tasked with dreaming up explanations of kids these days when really what they want the system to do is to produce drones for future employment, all while they bilk the country dry Warner walks through the paradigms of school and today s writing courses that do considerable damage His prose is readable and engaging, but also sourced and informational many of his observations will strike veteran educators and citizens who have been following all this as old news, but he still manages to make it urgent and timely The book closes with several observations about how he s managed to move past the onerous conditions of a college with a predictably ill funded first year composition program, and concludes with a measured plea for further thought and study Teaching and learning is complicated, context dependent, and incredibly variable from one situation to another, he reminds tells us We have misplaced our faith in fads that promise solutions, because to contemplate a world without solutions is too difficult to confront We have attempted to systematize things like learning that are not systematic We have neglected the human capital the people who engage in the actual work of teaching The evidence is overwhelming that we have been wrong in the way we teach students to write and think, but we shouldn t fall prey to thinking a simple course correction will lead to a solution That mentality is what got us into this situation in the first place So as usual, the first step towards fixing the problem is understanding the problem That means making this book widely available, not just to teachers who will be understandably cheered and vexed at the airing of views they ll see as strikingly obvious but to administrators, politicians, members of the community, journalists and anyone else with skin in the game meaning everyone Warner joins a chorus of voices like Mike Rose, Mark Edmundson, Paulo Freire and Martha Nussbaum, calling for a process based approach to education that celebrates thought and achievement over standardization and arbitrary top down yardsticks The real work, as usual, will be in the dissemination of these views and the slow, agonizing march towards improvement Let s get to it. In Why They Can t Write, veteran college writing instructor John Warner thoughtfully explains how the educational trend toward an accountability culture in high schools narrows students thinking abilities and affects their fluency in developing depth and voice in writing With humor and insight, Warner examines current writing pedagogy and then ranges beyond English classrooms to discuss other ways students are cheated by short sighted educational policies Thankfully, this book also offers specific common sense solutions and approaches to right the ship of high school writing instruction Of course, there are a lot of excellent writing teachers plying their trades in high schools across America Unfortunately, these classroom masters are doing important, effective work while frequently finding themselves at odds with administrators, colleagues, parents, and even students who only value meaning from test scores and standardized grades Why They Can t Write will provide great writing teachers with validation, vindication and rationales that support student centered composition instruction.Although I agree with every syllable in Warner s book, there is one very large and very pink elephant in the room still waiting to be acknowledged in Why They Can t Write The five paragraph essay and other formulaic writing approaches are thriving on a surprising number of college campuses See What Is College Writing For by Ellen Andrews Knodt Some college instructors in first year writing classes require students to write paragraphs with a specific number of sentences with a specific purpose for each of those sentences I have seen college instructors mandate that students choose from a selection of sentence starters to begin each paragraph of a you guessed it five paragraph essay These practices are at least as debilitating in college as they are in high school So, the college level is not blameless in all of this If every college writing instructor taught like Professor Warner, expectations of what college ready high school writing looks like would be clear, attainable, and dynamic Until then, Why They Can t Write suggests much for teachers to think about, discuss, and implement as we move toward solving the disconnect between high school and college writing instruction and instructors.This review is also posted on my What s Not Wrong blog.