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The thing I found most astounding about my son's elementary school education was that the process turned out to be 'content free'. This was in the '80s in Los Angeles Unified. I had discussions with teachers and with principles on this subject. It seemed that the schools of education, which I had always thought to be essentially useless, could only agree on teaching methods. Content was too contentious. So they took the position that content didn't matter. And this was in a 'magnet school'.

I had never really expected the school to teach him much. We had made sure he could read before he started school. In the Montessori pre-school he had learned phonics but had not just started reading as expected, so I got a box of flash cards with the common words on them, worked with him, incentivised him, and, in about three weeks he was reading up to the (rather high) limits of his vocabulary. Then his first grade teacher refused to acknowledge that he could read until Christmas!  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 5th, 2014 at 12:37:38 AM EST

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