Why America's Children Can't Think: Creating Independent Minds for the 21st Century

Why America's Children Can't Think: Creating Independent Minds for the 21st Century

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by Peter Kline
     
 

The Information Age requires that we not only comprehend what we read but can interpret and apply it to our personal experience, or we will become a nation of followers and not independent thinkers. As the Internet pervades all aspects of our lives, we will be required to exercise reading and interpretative skills at an unprecedented level, or be left behind in the… See more details below

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The Information Age requires that we not only comprehend what we read but can interpret and apply it to our personal experience, or we will become a nation of followers and not independent thinkers. As the Internet pervades all aspects of our lives, we will be required to exercise reading and interpretative skills at an unprecedented level, or be left behind in the new global economy. By 2010, the volume of available information will be growing at a rate 10 billion times faster than in 1950. Peter Kline argues, from deep experience as an innovative teacher, researcher, and consultant in reading and accelerated learning skills, that standardized testing produces a population that can follow instructions, but it kills our greatest resource: the creative minds of our children. It's interpretation, not comprehension, that is needed. Today's world requires a radically different approach to education. Drawing on the latest research on how the brain actually works as we read, Kline argues that �we should, from the very first word that we read, be engaged by what it has to say about our personal experience.�

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ISBN-13:
9781930722101
Publisher:
Inner Ocean Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.41(d)

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