Monday, March 11, 2013

Balanced Literarcy not working?

News to me...I was sent a link to this article from the NY Daily News...
It explains how New York City is planning on taking another approach to reading education, different than the current balanced literacy, including Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project.  I know that the programs are changed every few years but right now, I know of a lot of schools that use this curriculum and it is what I have used since starting my career.  According to the article, however, it is a failing approach and was not recommended for literacy instruction since NYC students are not performing at proficient levels and haven't been in the past 10 years. 
What do you think?


  1. I find it odd that the city spent tens of millions of dollars on a literarcy program that has been failing for the past ten years. Along with that they are now spending money on a new program at a time when teachers are being laid off and we are making cuts to education.

  2. Why do we not enlist the teachers in the programs to be used? They are the ones in the classrooms seeing what works every day and should have some say in what works for their students.