The Decadeslong Travesty That Made Millions of Americans Mistrust Their Kids' Schools

By Mike Fishmore | May 14, 2024

Significant shift

The closure of Columbia University's Teachers College Reading and Writing Project marks the end of an era in fantasy-driven reading instruction. 
 

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This decision, which has garnered applause from parents and observers, signals a significant shift away from the once-renowned, now controversial organization founded by education expert Lucy Calkins. 
 

Scientific research

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Critics argue that Calkins downplayed phonics and overlooked an exhaustive body of scientific research, one largely codified by 1999, on how children become skilled readers.