Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools

Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools

by Roger Schank
     
 

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From grade school to graduate school, from the poorest public institutions to the most affluent private ones, our educational system is failing students. In his provocative new book, cognitive scientist and bestselling author Roger Schank argues that class size, lack of parental involvement, and other commonly-cited factors have nothing to do with why students are

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From grade school to graduate school, from the poorest public institutions to the most affluent private ones, our educational system is failing students. In his provocative new book, cognitive scientist and bestselling author Roger Schank argues that class size, lack of parental involvement, and other commonly-cited factors have nothing to do with why students are not learning. The culprit is a system of subject-based instruction and the solution is cognitive-based learning. This groundbreaking book defines what it would mean to teach thinking. The time is now for schools to start teaching minds!

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"Why do we still have schools?" This is one of the questions Schank (founder, Inst. for the Learning Sciences, Northwestern Univ.) asks his readers to contemplate. He argues that the traditional subject-based curriculum, with its emphasis on the memorization of facts and "learning by listening," fails to engage students and to prepare them for real life. He calls for a completely remodeled education system in which all curricula are project based ("learn by doing"), designed around real-world professions that will be of interest to students, and delivered online with the day-to-day support of teachers trained as mentors. Despite the radical nature of his suggested reform (not even Schank seems confident in the likelihood of its becoming reality), his conversational style and well-reasoned argument is convincing. VERDICT Schank has spent his career looking for better ways to help his students succeed, and it shows here. His book is a breath of fresh air in the educational reform debate. Of interest to educators, students, and parents alike who are frustrated with the schooling status quo.—Sara Holder, McGill Univ. Lib., Montreal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807752678
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
10/07/2011
Series:
0
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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