At this past NCTE convention in Chicago, several WLU members brought up the enduring question, "Should the Whole Language Umbrella change our name?"
Indeed, an informal poll conducted at the WLU booth at the NCTE exhibition hall, several visitors to the booth weighed in on this question. It seems that many educators have forgotten what Whole Language is, or feel that Whole Language is a term that has aged.
True, not many educators now talk about learning in terms of the "whole." Yet, the "whole" is at the heart of WLU pedagogy, whether our pedagogy focuses on teaching reading, reading and writing with a social justice orientation, or multimodal literacies.
Our globalized, information age brings up new questions about language. And these questions influence how we think about teaching and learning. Language use in today's world begs new questions. We question what should be taught in schools today to prepare students for an unknown tomorrow.
What is a fitting name for an organization which has always focused on the "whole" in education. An organization which has taken up new perspectives on language and learning in response to a changing world.