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"Reading At Risk:" Cause for Alarm?


by Peter Cowan — February 14, 2005

Using the New Literacy Studies – current, research-based perspectives on literacy – this article provocatively undermines the key assumptions of Reading At Risk. It reveals how Reading At Risk visually and textually constructs this latest literacy crisis, how this literacy crisis is less about reading literature than about an assertion of cultural power, and how Reading At Risk argues that American youth must shed their own literacy practices and assimilate to elitist practices of literary reading. It exposes Reading At Risk as what is likely to be an opening salvo in a new push for an elitist educational reform agenda that will disserve America’s youth.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 14, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11741, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 1:06:14 PM

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  • Peter Cowan
    Indiana University
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    PETER COWAN is an Assistant Professor in the Language Education Department at Indiana University. His recent publications include: "Putting it out there: Revealing Latino visual discourse in the Hispanic Academic Program for middle school students" and "Devils or angels: Literacy and discourse in lowrider culture."
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