John Warner

A blog by John Warner, writer/editor/speaker/consultant with more than twenty years of experience teaching college-level writing. His newest books are Why They Can't Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities, and The Writer's Practice: Building Confidence in Your Nonfiction WritingHe is editor emeritus of McSweeney's Internet Tendency and you can read his weekly column at the Chicago Tribune

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June 4, 2018
A pointless, bad assessment is on its last legs.
May 31, 2018
When public institutions are subsumed by private interests, we all get fleeced.
May 30, 2018
A great new book has me thinking about ed tech.
May 24, 2018
I think I denied students access to the best parts about writing for too long.
May 23, 2018
...there's some other things we should consider
May 17, 2018
Maybe not advice, so much. 
May 15, 2018
...unless you make them. 
May 11, 2018
A new book challenges the prevailing approach to school reform.
May 6, 2018
Thoughts on the responsibilities surrounding curriculum, assessment, and accreditation. 
May 4, 2018
We were on our way to closing the "achievement gap," and then something happened.

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