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ERIC Number: EJ1059594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Creating Illiteracy: Why Johnny Can't (Only) Read; New Literacies versus Old Policies
Davis-Durr, Jennifer
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v19 p20-28 2009
Although the United States federal government has attempted to extinguish the gaps among various populations (socioeconomic, racial, etc.) through educational policies such as the No Child Left Behind Act, such policies may in fact create further divisions among these groups within American society. I base my argument on inadequacies in the formation of the policy, such as the procedures used by the NRP contributing to formation of NCLB, the outdated and narrow conceptions of literacy used by both the NRP and within NCLB, and the strict adherence to the NRP report and NCLB standards. In order to truly extinguish the gaps and create a democratic nation in which all citizens can contribute, I argue for transformation of federal education policies to reflect current definitions of literacy including New Literacies, which reflect the ongoing advancement of information communication technologies.
New York State Reading Association. PO Box 874, Albany, NY 12201. Tel: 518-434-4748; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001