The Book of Learning and Forgetting

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-05-01
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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In this thought-provoking book, Frank Smith explains how schools and educational authorities systematically obstruct the powerful inherent learning abilities of children, creating handicaps that often persist through life. The author eloquently contrasts a false and fabricated "official theory" that learning is work (used to justify the external control of teachers and students through excessive regulation and massive testing) with a correct but officially suppressed "classic view" that learning is a social process that can occur naturally and continually through collaborative activities. This book will be crucial reading in a time when national authorities continue to blame teachers and students for alleged failures in education. It will help educators and parents to combat sterile attitudes toward teaching and learning and prevent current practices from doing further harm.

Author Biography

Frank Smith has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Table of Contents

What's Going on Here?p. 1
A Tale of Two Visionsp. 3
The Classic View of Learning and Forgettingp. 7
A Question of Identityp. 9
The Immensity of Children's Learningp. 14
Joining the Literacy Clubp. 25
Learning Through Lifep. 30
The Official Theory of Learning and Forgettingp. 41
Undermining Traditional Wisdomp. 43
Fabricating a Theory of Learningp. 49
The Entry of the Testersp. 60
More Spoils of Warp. 66
The Official Theory Goes On-linep. 73
Repairing the Damagep. 81
Liberating Our Own Learningp. 83
Liberating Schools and Educationp. 90
Notesp. 103
Referencesp. 121
Name Indexp. 127
Subject Indexp. 130
About the Authorp. 133
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