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EDUCATION: Students learn in different ways

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on March 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm with 7 Comments »
April 1, 2011 9:04 am

In in his Viewpoint (TNT, 3-29), Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis assumes basic knowledge is best learned through critical thinking. He criticizes teacher Mike Jankanish’s viewpoint (TNT, 3-23) that claims learning core subjects is best through rote memorization and like methods.

Both men are incorrect in some areas. Jankanish assumes that core knowledge is best learned in one or two ways, and memorization is core to this. Jarvis assumes core knowledge is best learned through open-ended critical-thinking process.

Not all students learn through rote or critical thinking. Each has to be used together to build that sound foundation of knowledge. Students must have mastered the concepts, but they also must be able to apply those concepts in multiple ways.

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  1. I thought the argument was about a fixed, narrow curriculum vs. a broad, flexible curriculum and the associated teaching methods for each type because children come from very different early learning backgrounds.

  2. truthbusterguy says:

    “EDUCATION: Students learn in different ways”

    You said it!! And they learn best in charter schools or home school. Not union managed public institutions of FAILURE.

    But more money will fix everything.

  3. Not only do kids learn in different ways, good teachers teach in different ways.

    Busted, reference please.

  4. bobcat1a says:

    No truth, not union run; elected-by-the-community school-board run. The community gets exactly the education they vote for. That’s reality, not the ideology you seem to prefer.

  5. cclngthr says:

    Technically, it was about using one method or the other as separate entities. It wasn’t about using both together. Curriculums are built upon that separate entity, not combining separate methods into one lesson.

  6. TBG.. a great example of our failed education system.
    There are 3 learning styles and 8 intelligences that guide how a teacher teaches. No two children learn the same exact way nor at the same time. Art Jarvis clearly doesnt understand the art of teaching… and he is the boss…
    Wanna know what is wrong with education… we put people into authority who dont know anything about teaching.
    IF A CHILD CANT LEARN THE WAY YOU TEACH– TEACH THE WAY THE CHILD LEARNS… this is what good teachers do if allowed to by the administrations.

  7. cclngthr says:

    The answer to that is easy, and I did not mention it earlier. Most administrators become administrators with very little teaching experience. Many teachers who I went to school with in college became prinvipals/administrators within 3 years of getting that initial teaching certificate. The incentive to being a teacher is the beginning teacher is allowed to become an administrator so quickly.

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