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|I||What's Going on Here?||1|
|1||A Tale of Two Visions||3|
|II||The Classic View of Learning and Forgetting||7|
|2||A Question of Identity||9|
|3||The Immensity of Children's Learning||14|
|4||Joining the Literacy Club||25|
|5||Learning Through Life||30|
|III||The Official Theory of Learning and Forgetting||41|
|6||Undermining Traditional Wisdom||43|
|7||Fabricating a Theory of Learning||49|
|8||The Entry of the Testers||60|
|9||More Spoils of War||66|
|10||The Official Theory Goes On-line||73|
|IV||Repairing the Damage||81|
|11||Liberating Our Own Learning||83|
|12||Liberating Schools and Education||90|
|About the Author||133|
Posted March 16, 2009
I read this book for an education class. It is a little opinionated, but it brings up a lot of questions surrounding the way we educate children today, and tells why we shouldn't rely so heavily on testing and things of that nature. Good book for educators to use to question system and something to recommend to parents if you as an educator decide to change the system in your classroom to a more classical learning style.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2005
The first time I read the name Frank Smith was in Lucy Calkins's The Art of Teaching Writing. She quoted him when mentioning 'the literacy club' and how important it is for our students to join it. This little book can be read in a couple of sit-down (or lay down) sessions and it reminds us about how we learn as human beings. True learning is effortless because we learn from the company we keep, the 'club' we join we because we see ourselves as belonging to that club. His facts and figures are amazing and his reminder that we must, as teachers, make our students internalize the idea that they are members of the reading and writing CLUB, is timely and important. I found this book stacked on a table at my local Barnes and Noble and only picked it up because I recognized the name of the author. I am glad I did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 25, 2004
It's quite simple, 'We learn from the company we keep.' Not from tests. Not from worksheets. We learn naturally. I am still a teacher after having read this book, but I am a much different one now.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.