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Tyre, Peg. "The Writing Revolution." The Atlantic. The Atlantic, Oct. 2012. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. The writing Revolution is written by Peg Tyre, who is the director of strategy at the Edwin Gould Foundation. He describes an education reform the occurred at Dorp High School, a school which otherwise may have been closed due to poor academic performance. The school's leader, Deirdre DeAngelis, drastically reformed the school’s curriculum and teaching methodology. The faculty, using DeAngelis’ methods, achieved significant success in improving their student’s academic achievements. They did so by focusing on the fundamentals: analytical and structured writing. In the article, Tyre describes the case of a student, Monica DiBella, who has trouble at fundamental reading and writing, to the point where she is incapable of writing an essay. After learning with the reformed curriculum that DeAngelis introduced, Monica’s weak language skills are overcome and she graduates with scores typical of college bound students. Tyre uses his description of the revolution at Dorp High School as testimony of how the reforms have improved students’ writing aptitudes as well as overall academic performance. In addition, he notes that teachers and administrators at other institutions have also reflected and explored DeAngelis’ teaching methodology. In describing the teaching revolution seen at Drop High school and its success, Tyre suggests that perhaps certain instructional fundamentals—fundamentals that schools have devalued or forgotten—need to be rediscovered, updated, and reintroduced (page 3). This article uses logical rhetoric with many concrete details and statistics about writing problems with American high School students, and how the teachers at Dorp High School were able to overcome the issue. The author doesn’t just write about education issues; he visited Dorp High school and interviewed both teachers and students to...
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