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The Book of Learning and Forgetting / Edition 1

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Overview

In this thought-provoking book, Frank Smith explains how schools and educational authorities systematically obstruct the powerful inherent learning abilities of children, creating handicaps that often persist through life. The author eloquently contrasts a false and fabricated "official theory" that learning is work (used to justify the external control of teacher's and students through excessive regulation and massive testing) with a correct but officially suppressed "classic view" that learning is a social process that can occur naturally and continually through collaborative activities. This book will be crucial reading in a time when national authorities continue to blame teachers and students for alleged failures in education. It will help educators and parents to combat sterile attitudes toward teaching and learning and prevent current practices from doing further harm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807737507
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 388,131
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
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
Notes 103
References 121
Name Index 127
Subject Index 130
About the Author 133
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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Good for Educators and Parents questioning the system

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2005

    A Cool Read, Indeeed!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2004

    Teachers might not want to read this.

    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.

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