Okay, yes. These are all important issues. But the column doesn't focus on the most important one of all: developing a love of reading in students.
Avid readers read better, write better, concentrate better, think more clearly, and have wider frames of reference that make all learning easier. They are also more gentle kids, since their wide reading has exposed them to hundreds of narrators who describe to them how other people are feeling, and what other people are thinking.
In my 37 years of teaching high school English, it was my avid readers who went on to top colleges, and into very competitive professions. And you know what? They hated, and avoided at all costs, the kind of exercises being pushed to "teach" the common core standards.