Oh no he didn’t!
American Progress pundit Matthew Yglesias commits the unpardonable sin of repeating what has to be to most wrong-headed idea in all of education: that teaching kids content can wait until they’ve learned the “skill” of reading. He wraps up a column on the just-released NAEP history scores with this jaw-dropper:
“What we’re seeing, in particular, is that trying to teach history to kids who can’t read is a fool’s errand. Focusing more clearly on making sure that kids aren’t falling behind in their core skills is helping the worst-off kids do better across the board even at history.”
Teacher/blogger Rachel Levy sets Yglesias straight, so I don’t have to.