Attending with intention makes sense. Close reading offers learners one method, but not the only.
Here's a list of critical approaches we can and some of us use with/alongside and in the composing of text:
Now ask yourself: Why would 9 out of 10 methods be removed from public education and only one privileged for 13 years? Whose voice is privileged? Muted? In such scenarios what happens to one's language? (Language is more important than love, for language is how we know and name love.)
You know what would help with this issue? A little international benchmarking!
Seriously, it would have helped.