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“We don’t have to make children learn, we just have to let them learn.”

Yesterday’s NYTimes features an article by Alison Gopnik that concludes with the sentence that serves as the title of this post. Titled, “What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Language”, Gopnik’s article reviews research she has done on preschoolers that demonstrates the fact that children learn the most by modeling behaviors they observe. This research validates the aphorism of former Baltimore City Superintendent Walter Amprey who observed that children in Baltimore schools were learning every day. Unfortunately they were learning what they saw on the streets and in their homes not what the teachers were assigning them in school.

Last week’s NYT article by Diane Ravitch decrying the Common Core elicited several letters defending the need to provide children with rigorous standards-based schooling in order to succeed in the future. I hope that those who advocate standards-based schooling and the standardized tests that inevitably accompany this approach will heed Ms. Gopnik’s findings.

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