Asked • 11/11/20

What is the best way to teach (and learn) writing? Is Common Core's approach correct?

Writing skills seem to have deteriorated to the point of mass incoherence, if not illiteracy. Are schools using the correct methods? Do we know even what the "correct" method is, or how writing skills are even acquired?

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Louis P. answered • 11/11/20

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Oliver W.

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Thank you for your varied insight. I should have specified: I was referring to English language best practices. I guess what I'm hung up on with this is that to my knowledge there is a region of the brain pre-wired for language acquisition, and this suggest to me that there is a cerebral pathway that all humans have, one that has evolved over time, and that is receptive to a particular set and sequence of inputs and stimuli for optimal language development.
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11/11/20

Marina P.

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The neural pathways you are referencing for language acquisition are most active in the first 5 -6 years of life. Beyond those points, it is more beneficial to use memory theory ( encoding, storage, and recall ) or various learning/study practices to help students achieve mastery of language.
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12/23/20

Oliver W.

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What a thoughtful, insightful answer. Thank you for taking the time to write it. I 'm so repulsed by the Common Core exercises and number system that it embarrasses me that it was even devised, let alone implemented. It's a bad omen for the travesty that will likely follow these students into life.
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11/11/20

Jen G. answered • 12/16/20

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