The Schools Our Children Deserve | Quote 01135

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…start not with facts to be taught or disciplines to be mastered, but with questions to be answered. That may sound straightforward, but it’s actually quite rare for learning to be organized around questions. In fact, it’s even rare for classroom questions to reflect a commitment to real learning. What we find instead are those fact-based questions that Old School teachers are so fond of putting to the class: “Who can tell me…?”—or the practice of “guiding children to answers by [asking] carefully chosen leading questions,” which isn’t much different “from just telling them the answers in the first place.”

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Alfie Kohn


The Schools Our Children Deserve

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