Originally published in 1990. This book examines the innovative programs that changed the way reading and writing was taught during the previous ten years.
Both teacher and critic of the New Literacy programs, the author gives a perspective that allows educators, parents, and other readers to assess the promise of these programs.
Examining the work of educators from the USA, UK and Canada, he compares programs from first grade to college that foster a new level of literate engagement and voice in students while creating a less authoritative place in which to learn.
The book opens up wider debate about literacy in a society concerned with shifting authority from text and teacher to student.