English Journal, a flagship publication from NCTE, is currently under the outstanding editorship of Julie and David Gorlewski—who have followed the stellar work of the previous editor, Ken Lindblom.
I want to urge special attention to the current issue: English Journal, Vol. 103, No. 2, November 2013—Choices and Voices: Teaching English in a Democratic Society.
As well, I must highlight some of the articles:
Children Giving Clues, Susan Ohanian
Abstract: Frustrated with the restrictive nature of the Common Core Standards, the author calls on teachers to resist a system that denies them and their students access to what teaching and learning should be about.
Abstract: The author argues that access to books and time to read play a vital role in literacy development and explains why standardized tests are detrimental to students’ literacy development.
Evaluating the Democratic Merit of Young Adult Literature: Lessons from Two Versions of Wes Moore’s Memoir, Amanda Haertling Thein, Mark A. Sulzer, and Renita Schmidt
Abstract: The authors compare a memoir intended for adults with another on the same subject meant for a teen readership and argue that didactic YA literature grounded in a developmental stage model of adolescence is undemocratic.
Abstract: This column seeks to explore the experiences and possibilities that arise when educators speak Truth to power.