This book offers a rare examination of the secondary English curriculum, focusing on current trends and looking pragmatically at reform initiatives. Providing both a review and a heads-up about what's new - or what should be new - in English classrooms, this accessible text: Features essays from well-known educators and researchers, in the United States and Canada, who provide insight and offer a wide-range of perspectives on todayOs secondary English language arts education. Challenges the field to re-conceptualize its purpose and value while urging language arts educators to rethink their practice. Focuses on contemporary issues, including assessment, multiculturalism, critical literacy, expanding definitions of text and literacy, technology in the classroom, censorship, the power of mass media, and much more. Raises pertinent questions about mandated curricula, high-stakes testing, conventional teaching practices, and teacher preparation.