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on 20 July 2013
I would review this book more favorably if its title promise to tell us 'how' to think well using writing.
The book works is a nice set of reflective essays on the value of writing in education, but it doesn't come close to doing what it promises: providing insights on and suggestions for how to use writing to think well.
Using a personal voice, the author describes his own experiences with learning and introduces a number of teachers who have found value using writing to help their students learn diverse topics. It's a pleasant read, and many of the stories and quite interesting.The prose exemplifies the concise, robust style that the author advocates for.
The problem is the book fails to investigate 'how' we can use writing to better analyse and understand subject matter. What's common about how writing is used in the different subject areas? Where do they differ?
The author does a good job making the case for the importance of writing in across the curricula, but doesn't go beyond interesting stories to something more profound about what writing to learn really means.