28 mars 2012

"Open classroom" (Critical Guide, E.D. Hirsch Jr)

   A phrase for an ungraded classroom in which children of different ages can learn "at their own pace," and receive individual attention rather than follow in step with the class as a whole. In its pure form, "open was also an architectural description - no walls between classes. 

   Like all forms of naturalistic pedagogy, the open classroom has proved to be ineffective as a principal technique of schooling. (See also "Multiaged classroom.")


Antipathy to subject-matter content  


"banking theory of schooling" 
"culturally-biased curriculum" 
"outcomes-based education" 
"research has shown"
"self-esteem"







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This was an excerpt from Hirsch's great book on education :
The Schools We Need 
 and Why We Don't Have Them.
Recension by Richard Askey :  
http://mathematicallycorrect.com/hirsch.htm  
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