Don't wait for Superman!
I'm not waiting for Superman. I'm waiting for somebody with the intellectual capacity to create policies that make sense. Our ability to compete globally with other countries continues to slide (bottom 1/3), while our test scores have increased since NCLB’s inception. That's because other countries recognize that GDP is tied to how a population can solve problems in the work-force, not how well they can take a test. While many agree that accountability is necessary to monitor educational progress, some would argue that the emphasis on testing has a significant cost, namely that students are unprepared to compete against others who can actually “think”. A more accurate account of our educational circumstance can be found in the documentary “2 Million Minutes”. I have a copy of this documentary if anyone's interested.
Last Updated (Friday, 03 December 2010 18:19)
Teaching Content is Teaching Reading
Let me introduce you to Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He writes the "Ask the Cognitive Scientist" column for American Educator magazine. You can find his articles and videos on education at www.danielwillingham.com.
To whet your appetite - as you perhaps laze at home wetting your whistle - take a gander at his video Teaching Content is Teaching Reading.
His take away: once kids learn to decode, they need vocabulary and background knowledge to comprehend what they read. Not endless years of reading strategies. Sure, reading strategies help, but they give only a one-time boost. Ten lessons tops, then onto what counts: acquiring vocabulary and background knowledge through reading books in all subject areas.
Here are two links for the video:
DW does his homework. He backs up what he writes with sources and research. Note: most articles end with a snappy, clear summary.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 05 June 2012 03:21)