Wed

06

Mar

2013

Testing the Gifted

You should read Schools Struggle to Separate the Truly Gifted From the Merely Well-Prepared” (news article, Feb. 18) along with this letter from Howard Gardner, professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

What we test for signals what we ultimately desire. The use of tests for which 4-year-olds can be prepped signals that we want to find those youngsters who can do well on future tests. In that way, the process works perfectly — whether in China or in New York City.

 

If we desired people who were likely to make creative advances, we would look for youngsters — be they 4 or 14 — who have a passionate interest that they pursue without a lot of prodding. If we desired people who would help build a more civil and more generous society, we would look for 10- or 12-year-olds who have found a need in their school or community and have taken steps to help meet that need.

 

In the unlikely event that these skills could be coached, at least we would end up with adults who could not simply ace the next standardized test.

 

HOWARD GARDNER

Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 18, 2013

 

The writer is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Thu

14

Jun

2012

Unconventional Education

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Date: Tue, May 15, 2012 at 3:35 AM
Subject: delanceyplace.com 5/15/12 - unconventional education

 

In today's excerpt - an unconventional approach to education:

"In 1999 the Indian physicist Sugata Mitra got interested in education. He knew there were places in the world without schools and places in the world where good teachers didn't want to teach. What could be done for kids living in those spots was his question. Self-directed learning was one pos­sible solution, but were kids living in slums capable of all that much self-direction?


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Fri

17

Sep

2010

Teach Like a Champion

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From Delanceyplace.com. E-Mail received 09/17/10 in USA.

This is a passage from Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov. 

 

In today's excerpt - error is normal, and making mistakes is a necessary part of learning.

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