Teaching students the strategies to critically analyze what they read and express their ideas clearly in writing can have an impact that extends far beyond the classroom. Research shows that teaching methods grounded in writing development increase student comprehension of course material and contribute to closing the skill gap: regardless of socioeconomic background, mastery of the essential elements of independent critical thinking and evidence-based writing leads to higher performance across subjects and confidence in academic abilities, and also boosts student prospects for higher education. Yet in spite of these strong indicators, positioning critical analysis as a key focus area in the national education discussion proves to be a complicated task.On December 10th, we convened leading experts and leaders in the education community for an intimate discussion centered on the importance of analytical writing skills. The gathering coincided with the submission period for the first annual The Atlantic and College Board Writing Prize, which offered high school students the opportunity to receive cash prizes and have their work published in The Atlantic.
Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg
On June 13th, Secretary Carter will join The Atlantic’s editor in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, for a conversation about the military, leadership, and foreign affairs.