In the classical tradition, very young children are taught how to read very difficult books. The progressive tradition takes a different approach. In a recent article at Clarion Call entitled Nurturing the Dumbest Generation, George Leaf evaluates some of the follies of the way our schools teach. Looking for a solid explanation, he says:
But a big part of the explanation, I suspect, lies in the culture of education schools where most teachers earn their credentials. One of the dominant ideas pushed in education schools is that schools and classes should be “learner-centered” (rather than teacher- or subject-centered). That, supposedly, will help to make students feel good about education and turn them into “lifelong learners.”
To see what his point is, go HERE and let me know what you think of his claim.