The high school implemented Collins Writing into the curriculum, to the displeasure of a multitude of students. The activities involved are no different than what is normally done by teachers.
These include brainstorming, regular questions and writing with guidelines: not exactly the most original ideas.
The only difference is that Collins has given students a word to associate with these activities. Any time students hear the word type — be it one, two, three or four — there is a collective moan.
The Collins systems simply takes already used activities, makes money off teaching it to schools, and gives students a way to associate the pain of activities with a word.
To add to the frustration, the school is requiring teachers to meet a certain number of each type of writing. This leads to teachers cramming activities into a short span of time.
Some teachers shove five Collins writing into one week, adding to the student hatred of the Collins Writing program.
It is a good idea on paper, but in practice the system harms students more than helps, especially in its current implementation.