Why knowledge matters - Rescuing our children from failed educational theories
How much do I want to read more? 5/10
The book style looks academic. The author's point is for early school years to adopt a common core rather than to adjust spcifically to each individual.
Maybe I didn't get the point. What does he means by "common core": speaking, writing, reading, counting I suppose ? Isn't it already the case?
Prologue - The tyranny of three ideas
- the over-testing of students
- the fadeout of preschool gains
- the narrowing of the elementary curriculum
- the low verbal scores of high school graduates
- the lack of progress in closing achievement gaps between social groups
- and the tribulations of the Common Core initiative.
Here are the three basic ideas that depressed education in both nations:
- Early education should be appropriate to the child's age and nature, as part of a natural developmental process.
- Early education should be individualized as far as possible-to fol- low the learning styles and interests of each developing student.
- The unifying aim of education is to develop critical thinking and other general skills.
The new policies that I recommend:
- Early education should be chiefly communal-focused on gain- ing proficiency in the language and the conventions of the public sphere.
- Every child in each locality should study basically the same early curriculum.
- The unifying aim of early schooling is autonomy and equality of opportunity: to impart to every child the enabling knowledge that is possessed by the most successful adults in the wider society