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.
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On January 22nd, join some of the writers behind the stories as they discuss the notable events in the Trump presidency and where the president and the country go from here.