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Deep inquiry and critical evaluation are much less likely to take place if the curriculum has been overplanned or if learning must conform to a rigid schedule. The worst-case scenario is the concatenation of short periods in a factory-like high school, but many elementary teachers voluntarily impose something almost as bad, cutting off discussion about the presidential election because an arbitrary timetable inscribed on the blackboard dictates that “it’s time now to take out our science books.”

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Alfie Kohn


Feel-Bad Education

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