Natalie Wexler Quotes
“For is not a Book the most reliable of Companions--and generally among the most stimulating as well? No need to worry about amusing or pleasing or making a good impression on a Book, when its only purpose is to entertain and, perhaps, instruct. And if it should fail in that purpose, one can merely return it to its shelf, without so much as a by-your-leave and no occasion for anxiety about its wounded Pride, either.”
“Research has established that one aspect of reading does need to be taught and practiced as a set of skills, much like math: decoding, the part that involves matching sounds to letters. The problem is that the other aspect of reading—comprehension—is also being taught that way. While there’s plenty of evidence that some instruction in some comprehension strategies can be helpful for some children, there’s no reason to believe it can turn struggling readers into accomplished ones.”
- Born: in New York, NY, The United States.
- Description: Natalie Wexler is the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System--and How to Fix It. She is the co-author, with Judith C. Hochman, of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades, and is a senior contributor on education to Forbes. Her op-eds and articles have appeared in a number of publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
She is also the author of three novels: A More Obedient Wife, The Mother Daughter Show, and The Observer.