What You'll Learn:
Skills, skills, skills! This is the modern day educational emphasis that teachers take for granted, but according to researcher and journalist Natalie Wexler, it is letting young kids down. The rest of the world is moving ahead while US literacy lags behind, and an increasing proportion of US kids fall short of proficiency standards across subjects—especially students from low-income families. The growing gap in achievement between the low-income students and higher-income students and overall decline in educated high school graduates prompts the question, “Are we missing something?” Wexler submits the problem and solution are straightforward, but whether or not educators embrace this alternative remains to be seen.