Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This story reveals what’s wrong with how kids learn science (and other subjects) - The Washington Post

This story reveals what’s wrong with how kids learn science (and other subjects) - The Washington Post:

This story reveals what’s wrong with how kids learn science (and other subjects)



The square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle equals the sum of the squares of the other two sides. How many of you remember learning the Pythagorean theorem? But did you also learn that Pythagoras organized his followers into a secret society of vegetarians and was worshiped as if he were a god?
That is part of the story of Pythagoras and his famous theorem as told in the “The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way,” the first of a three-volume collection by Joy Hakim, who engages readers through good old-fashioned storytelling, a method of teaching and learning that has been drowned out in an era of data and standardized tests. It’s no wonder that students, year after year, complain about being bored in school.
In this post, Hakim uses a simple story to explain what is wrong with the way science — and other subjects — are taught and how it could be remedied. I am publishing it as a reminder that while the education reform debate is now focused on the Trump administration’s school choice This story reveals what’s wrong with how kids learn science (and other subjects) - The Washington Post:

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