Re-Learning How to Write


Some educators believe that honing analytical writing skills will improve student learning across disciplines. In an article in this month’s Atlantic, journalist Peg Tyre looks one failing high school whose principal tried to improve student learning by focusing intensively on writing skills in every classroom – whether it be U.S. history or cell biology.

Guest: Peg Tyre, author of The Good School and The Trouble with Boys. (Interviewed by Suzanne Pekow.)

Read Peg Tyre’s article, “The Writing Revolution,” in the October 2012 edition of The Atlantic.

This podcast has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of the podcast stated that millions of 8th graders take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The actual number of students who participate in the national-only sample of the NAEP is between 10,000 and 20,000.