chapter  Chapter 11
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Literacy “Basics” in Childhood Spaces: A Critical Perspective on the “Basics”

WithAnne Haas Dyson

In this essay, I feature a self-involved capital B, an impolite pronoun, and a future tense that is rapidly losing touch with reality. There is, perhaps, something odd about these featured characters. Strip them of their mating with human values, substitute evaluations with a disinterested tone, and one has a mere list of textual elements and errors of convention (e.g., a misplaced capital letter, an incorrect use of a pronoun, an inaccurate tense). That is, one has part of the seemingly neutral “basics” of learning and teaching to write.