Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What Kids think about school

Interesting Washington Post one-off  (by psychologist Daniel Willingham) about why some students don't like school.  I thought this passage was interesting and it makes me wonder if this feels true to FSP students or not?

One in particular strikes me. Students get one, perhaps two, chances to feel academically successful in lower elementary school.

I say that because studies show that show most academic time is devoted to Language Arts: in first grade, about 67% and in third grade, 55 %.

So what happens to the student who is having a hard time learning to read? He spends most of the day working on something that is unpleasant, unrewarding, and at which he feels a failure.