OK, I am increasingly convinced that there is a reading crisis in our schools. On his blog, Fred Klonsky, a teachers’ union head in Illinois, writes about the article(s) that Rick Hess and I have done on the competition – equity tension. But he ascribes a conclusion to us that is not in the article…and then he further tries to muddy the issue when called on it. Klonsky says that what he did is “make meaning” of what we wrote. Oh brother, try just reading what it says. It’s an article, not a work of political philosophy. More seriously, this is illustrative of how cue-driven the education debate is, people too often don’t bother to sort things out for themselves but just take their cues from preconceived notions.