Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Wall Street Journal's Joanne Lipman: In Praise of Traditional Rigorous Education

Joanne Lipman's Wall Street Journal column is linked below.

Joanne Lipman: The Virtues of Educational Rigor

"All of which flies in the face of the kinder, gentler philosophy that has dominated American education over the past few decades. The conventional wisdom holds that teachers are supposed to tease knowledge out of students, rather than pound it into their heads. Projects and collaborative learning are applauded; traditional methods like lecturing and memorization—derided as "drill and kill"—are frowned upon, dismissed as a surefire way to suck young minds dry of creativity and motivation.

But the conventional wisdom is wrong. And the following eight principles—a manifesto if you will, a battle cry inspired by my old teacher and buttressed by new research—explain why."
---Joanne Lipman, The Wall Street Journal 

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