UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Kelly Ritter

Dr. Kelly Ritter (English) recently attended a White House meeting as a representative of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA). During a small group discussion with Department of Education policy advisors, she and other leaders from the CWPA and the National Writing Project warned that Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other accelerated learning programs, which are strongly supported by the Obama administration, promote memorization and “teaching to the test,” rather than deep engagement with texts and sustained practice in writing and critical thinking. These programs, and lessons for all students, should rely more heavily on research and input from college writing teachers, attendees argued. Ritter is the author of the books “Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960” (2009) and “Who Owns School? Authority, Students, and Online Discourse” (2010). She is also the editor of College English, the flagship journal of the National Council of Teachers of English. More at UNCG News.