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The knowledge gap : the hidden cause of America's broken education system-- and how to fix it

by Wexler, Natalie,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
The untold story of the root cause of America s education crisis and the seemingly endless cycle of multigenerational poverty.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Education journalist Wexler makes an argument for replacing the most common form of reading instruction currently used in the U.S., the skills-based approach, with a content-based methodology. Instead of teaching new readers abstract concepts about reading comprehension strategies and text features, such as identifying the main idea or distinguishing the purpose of a picture caption, educators should use information-based, nonfiction science and social-studies texts to engage students, encourage their ability to read, and increase their actual knowledge. Wexler weaves in examples of students using the two different systems and charts their comparative progress, showing how spoiler her content-based kids picked up reading skills and retained subject information from year to year. She explores how literacy instruction evolved to its current state, considers phonics-based, whole language, and writing-workshop programs, and opines that the pressure to increase standardized reading scores has driven districts to invest millions of dollars in skill-based strategies and interventions that don't work. This is a sympathetic and realistic call for reform.--Kathleen McBroom Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this illuminating study of the philosophies and practices of the American education system, education journalist Wexler (The Writing Revolution) argues that low student test scores result from a mistaken emphasis at the elementary level on context-free reading skills and strategies rather than content-rich curricula that give students "a body of knowledge about the world." Test scores improve and income-related test gaps narrow, Wexler finds, when kids start learning history, science, and social studies in kindergarten. Wexler examines different pieces of the problem, including deficiencies in teacher training (teachers aren't taught the cognitive psychology of how people learn) and the use of ineffective attempted compromises such as balanced literacy (an approach that attempts to "balance" teaching full-word recognition and phonics). Wexler spends a year inside Washington, D.C., classrooms, observing that skills-based, content-averse lessons actually impede learning, while students tackling content-rich Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum's lesson blocks on ancient Mesopotamia, Greek myths, and American history demonstrated enormous vocabularies, high engagement, and the ability to make insightful connections. Wexler presents content-oriented curricula as an obvious remedy that can be embraced by teachers, parents, and administrators who agree that "education is essential if democracy is going to function." This thought-provoking take on curricular reform is well-supported; it's less abrasive and perhaps more persuasive than earlier calls for this kind of reform. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Language arts (Elementary) -- United States.
Education, Elementary -- Curricula -- United States.
Educational change -- United States.
Children with social disabilities -- Education (Elementary) -- United States.
Poor children -- Education (Elementary) -- United States.
Publisher New York :2019
Other Titles Hidden cause of America's broken education system-- and how to fix it
Language English
Description 324 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-307) and index.
ISBN 9780735213555
0735213550
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