I have long respected what K-12 teachers do. If anything, I meant to convey some of this respect in my recent post “The Blame Game.”
So I hope it is clear that have no desire to criticize elementary school teachers. But because my First Year students sometimes express reductive ideas about how writing should be done, I am concerned with how writing tasks are being represented at all levels of education. And there is one all-too-common way that writing is represented in the lower grades that is catchy and, well, cute. It is also misleading.