COMING SOON THIS WEEK: Teaching Without Testing and The Children of Sandy Hook vs. the U.S. Congress and Gun Violence in America

Two new releases forthcoming this week Teaching Without Testing: Assessing the Complexity of Children’s Literacy Learning and The Children of Sandy Hook vs. the U.S. Congress and Gun Violence in America

Teaching Without Testing: Assessing the Complexity of Children’s Literacy Learning

Teaching without Testing: Assessing the Complexity of Children’s Literacy Learning by Denny Taylor, edited by Bobbie Kabuto, is the third book in Garn Press Women Scholars Series. Now available on AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound, and Waterstones ($13.95).

Book: Teaching Without Testing
Author: Denny Taylor
Editor: Bobbie Kabuto
Garn Press (174 pp.)
Paperback $13.95 | Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Waterstones
ISBN: 978-1-942146-56-8

This book revisits Taylor’s seminal and influential work based on her Biographic Literacy Profiles Project. Teaching Without Testing: Assessing the Complexity of Children’s Literacy Learning is a timely book that challenges the scientific assumptions of standardized testing in developing effective instruction to meet the literate lives of all students. Through detailed observations of student learning, Taylor encourages readers to consider alternative ways of assessing children’s reading and writing based on observable literacy behaviors. Supporting a humanistic perspective to the education of children, Taylor argues that standardized and diagnostic methods of assessment and teaching, based on test-driven, corporate-led accountability practices, have detrimental effects on children and result in the de-professionalization of teachers.

About Denny Taylor

Denny Taylor is a lifelong activist and scholar committed to nurturing the imagination and human spirit. She regards art, literature, and science inseparable. She has organized more than 30 international scholars’ forums, and speaks to diverse national and international audiences on a broad range of issues. In 1983, Taylor published Family Literacy, which is regarded a classic in the field; Growing Up Literate received the MLA Shaughnessy award in 1988; and Toxic Literacies, published in 1996, was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.  In 2004, Taylor was inducted into the IRA’s Reading Hall of Fame. She is Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies at Hofstra University, and the founder and CEO of Garn Press.  Her most recent books are Save Our Children, Save Our School, Pearson Broke the Golden Rule, Rosie’s Umbrella, Rat-a-tat-tat! I’ve Lost My Cat! which

About Bobbie Kabuto

Bobbie Kabuto, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Literacy Education in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department at Queens College, City University of New York.  In addition, she is the Director of the City University B-6 Literacy Program and the Senior Editor for the Garn Press Women Scholars Series.  Her research interests include the relationships among early bi/literacy, socially constructed identities, and language ideologies. She currently works with families of struggling beginning readers and writers.  Her work has been highlighted in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, and Early Childhood Research and Practice.  Her first book Becoming Biliterate: Identity, Ideology, and Learning to Read and Write in Two Languages was published by Taylor and Francis in July 2010.

APRIL 21, 2017: The Children of Sandy Hook vs. the U.S. Congress and Gun Violence in America

Available April 21, 2017. Paperback book $8.95.

The Children of Sandy Hook vs. The U.S. Congress and Gun Violence in America (Garn Press, 100 pp.) is available on Amazon.

Garn Press (100 pp.)
$8.95 Paperback | Amazon
ISBN: 978-1-942146-59-9

About The Book

During the 2016 election President Donald Trump entered into a pact with the NRA “To make America free again”. Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California-Los Angeles states, “They are tight with Trump Administration. They have their people in place and they know exactly what they’re going for.” Already Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), who was instrumental in defeating the 2013 Assault Weapons Ban bill, has had a bill read twice and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Children of Sandy Hook vs. The U.S. Congress and Gun Violence in America is a provocative analysis of the vast gap between the American people who are intent on protecting children and the people who are intent on protecting guns whatever the cost to U.S. society. The book is about the ethical failure of the pro-gun Senators who deceived the American people with the arguments they presented that led to the failure of the Assault Weapons Ban bill in 2013. Documentation is presented to support the contention that when the Senators’ theoretical arguments are juxtaposed with the real life accounts of the Sandy Hook Massacre, their deceptive language strategies for defeating the Assault Weapons Ban bill are exposed.

If we as a people are to regain our humanity the madness must stop. The members of the U.S. Congress who voted against the 2013 Assault Weapons Ban bill and the bills of 2016 must look at themselves and change their behavior. They can no longer represent the gun lobby that is selling the military style guns which are being used in mass killings of American people. They need to know that democracy breaks down when those who govern condone violence against the nation’s own children. From the very young to the very old, the U.S. Congress is putting the entire population at risk. The Senators and Members of the House of Representatives who voted against the 2013 and 2016 Assault Weapons bills can no longer be blinded to the consequences of their actions. They must listen to the American people and the organizations that represent them.


“A powerful and unflinching look at gun violence in America framed provocatively through the lens of the 2012 Newtown massacre and the failed 2013 Assault Weapons Ban bill that followed it. Readers will appreciate Taylor’s bold call to action to address the legal loopholes and lack of political will that continue to put lives at risk.” – Yohuru Williams, Professor of History and author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven.

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