Here I am at NCTE where I will tour exhibits later. I know Pearson and Renaissance Learning are both here. I know there will be countless others of their ilk trying to promote even more sales. I know also that there will be an audience for these wares from educators who are desperate for that magic bullet, who are feeling the pressure to increase scores and levels. I wish instead that they could take to heart what will be happening outside the exhibit hall, in the sessions with Penny Kittle, Donalyn Miller, and others who will be speaking about creatng lifelong readers and writers.
Commodification has seen a new renaissance. I see the work of friends being changed into 'programs.' I talk about matching kids to books, and there are computer programs out there that purport to do the same. They cannot. Read Katherine Sokolowski's blog today to see how it is done, ye purveyors of programs.