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School Textbooks Article
« on: August 06, 2007, 09:46:57 am »

I *love* Diane Ravitch.  :)


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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2007, 01:48:25 am »

I *love* Diane Ravitch.  :)

Funny, but I don't recall the texts at homeschool supply stores suffering from this. Ya think there's a connection?

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2007, 09:30:46 am »

I started every semester by displaying the textbook to the students, hurling it into the trashcan, and showing them how everything that I thought was important fit into a neat little 23-page packet that I summarized by hand.

The textbook was a guide, and nothing more.  It never mattered much to me WHAT reaction the textbook was trying to explain, it only mattered that the students understood WHY the reaction worked that way.

Textbooks are BS, especially for fundamental and rudimentary classwork that only reviews what has been known for the past 50 years.  In fact, I generally prefer textbooks from the 40's - the material was old enough to be well understood on a systematic level, but still new enough that the details of how and why needed to be explained instead of just assuming that "everybody knows THAT."

Not that any of that is going to help me get a teaching job in Amerika.
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