Atlanta educator Cindy Lutenbacher sent me this link to a commencement speech delivered by linguist and educational researcher Stephen Krashen at the Lewis & Clark College Graduate School of Education and Counseling earlier this month. (Krashen has spent a lot of time studying literacy and the importance of access to books to transforming educational outcomes for poor kids.)
I like to listen to commencement speeches so I tracked down a video of Krashen’s performance. The written version is a much milder version of what Krashen actually said at the commencement, which you can watch here. (He comes on at 34:34) His presentation to the graduates is much more passionate and conversational. (And it’s funnier.)
He advocates that we reduce testing and invest the money in anti-poverty measures — books, school nurses and expanded free lunch and breakfast programs. He argues that American teachers are among the best in the world, if we judge them on middle-class learners.
It is quite a speech: