Friday, January 13, 2012

It's All in the Timing

Think back, once more, although it will not be the last time if you work with me this year.

Take a step inside that kindergarten or first grade classroom. Look around and think about the longing we all had to belong. Now, consider how many items you post on certain social networks. Do they take you back to the days when "Red Rover, Red Rover, let Jane come over," allowed us to run full-tilt toward the linked hands that kept us out of that line up across a sandy playground.

Back inside that elementary school room, we learned reading, writing and arithmetic. But the writing part was mostly scrawling capital letters and their counterparts on sheet after sheet of tablet paper. And many of us also stared out of  the clerestory windows wishing we were home instead of sweating it out in a portable classroom.

The point is that this dismantling of childhood writing dreams began when we were unable to break the hold of linked hands holding us back. And it continues into adult life and hopes because many of us still believe that  a teacher or other "expert" can grade writing without subjectivity, which is impossible.

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