Friday, September 04, 2009

“Why Don’t Students Like School?” Well, Duhhhh…

(Update 6 september: interessante nuancering hier :o))
Interessant artikel, door Peter Gray:

Someone recently referred me to a book that they thought I'd like. It's a 2009 book, aimed toward teachers of grades K through 12, titled Why Don't Students Like School? It's by a cognitive scientist named Daniel T. Willingham, and it has received rave reviews by countless people involved in the school system. Google the title and author and you'll find pages and pages of doting reviews and nobody pointing out that the book totally and utterly fails to answer the question posed by its title.

Willingham's thesis is that students don't like school because their teachers don't have a full understanding of certain cognitive principles and therefore don't teach as well as they could. They don't present material in ways that appeal best to students' minds. Presumably, if teachers followed Willingham's advice and used the latest information cognitive science has to offer about how the mind works, students would love school.
Talk about avoiding the elephant in the room!

Ask any schoolchild why they don't like school and they'll tell you. "School is prison." They may not use those words, because they're too polite, or maybe they've already been brainwashed to believe that school is for their own good and therefore it can't be prison. But decipher their words and the translation generally is, "School is prison."

Lees hier verder...

2 comments:

Owen, Mare, Emil en Arno said...

Ik zou een stapje verder durven gaan. Het is een gevangenis niet alleen van lijf, leden en geest. Maar het pleegt vooral een aanslag op je persoonlijke interesses. Het onderwijs mag nog honderd keer veranderd en aangepast worden... het is onmogelijk in te spelen op dertig verschillende interesses door één leerkracht. School is dus niets anders dan een utopie!

Mirjam said...

...wel als dat het grootste doel is van school, inspelen op dertig verschillende interesses...Maar volgens mij is dat niet een kerndoel, toch?