[IAEP] [Its.an.education.project] Constructionism (was Re: XP on OLPC - a contrarian view)

Dave Crossland dave at lab6.com
Sat May 24 14:55:17 EDT 2008

2008/5/23 Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at gmail.com>:
> On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 9:36 AM, Antoine van Gelder <antoine at g7.org.za> wrote:
>> On 19 May 2008, at 19:21, Albert Cahalan wrote:
>>>> Are you serious? Are you really a Republican? No Child's Behind Left
>>>> is the worst disaster in education in decades, as John Holt would have
>>>> been the first to point out if he had lived long enough. Who claims
>>>> that NCLB is raising skills, as opposed to test scores? With what
>>>> evidence? The real skills aren't on the standardized tests.
>>> Accountability and measurement is critical. Without that, you have
>>> an unreliable system that produces a few winners and many losers.
>>> While I regret that NCLB doesn't do much for the brightest, it is
>>> extremely important for society that we raise the educational level
>>> of the low acheivers.
> For what it's worth, I would be careful to portray "the low-achievers"
> and "the brightest" as opposites.  As I note below, I frequently find
> that some of the brightest are also some of the low-achievers, due to
> certain aspects of the educational system.

Please please please distinguish the compulsory government schooling
system from the overall education system in a country.

http://www.spinninglobe.net/9assumptions.htm explains some of the
reasons state schools don't teach the way children learn.


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