Archive for February 14th, 2003

14th February

First Published in The New York Sun, February 14, 2003
By Andrew Wolf

New York City may be in Code Orange in the War on Terrorism, but in the nation’s reading wars the Big Apple has moved into Code Red. The issue is what strategy New York will use to teach reading. Not only is the future of New York City’s more than 1 million school children on the line, but also the hundreds of millions of dollars in consultants, contracts, and professional development expenditures that drive the program.

There is a new Tweed Ring in the shadow of City Hall, with their hands deep in the taxpayers’ pockets.They practice a 21st-century form of “honest graft.” Persons and institutions with a financial stake in the current system are leading the charge to maintain the instructional status quo. (more…)