Walter Dean Myers on that opinion piece in the New York Daily News:

Nazaryan willfully overlooks the mountain of evidence that says teens don't have the linguistic skills to handle the works he cites. ... What he steers clear of in his diatribe is how effective a teacher he really is. What were the reading levels of those kids before they encountered him and what were they after they encountered him? Is he making a difference in their lives, or is he really just celebrating his own erudition?