History without books gets a test in ...

History without books gets a test in schools

There are 2 comments on the Reuters story from Jul 31, 2006, titled History without books gets a test in schools. In it, Reuters reports that:

By Jeffrey GoldfarbLONDON - School children fond of chanting "No more pencils, no more books" may finally have their wish.What began as a long-shot attempt last year by Pearson Plc to sell California educators ...

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Shawn McMullen

Brookhaven, PA

#1 Jul 31, 2006
I agree that History and Social Studies texts are quite tedious and uninviting, but when you speak of doing away with text books all together I am driven to put my foot down. Does anyone realize how important it is for a child's reading skills it is to read skill leveled texts such as textbooks. One could argue that reading easier texts will not enhance a child's reading skills, but when you are speaking of a second grader, who has just recently acquired the know-how to pick up that book, any practice, dificult or remedial, will certainly fortify thier reading capabilities. What we need to do is filter our text books, take out some of the things that we can spare to an interactive CD that comes along with the book. When we utilize these programs in conjunction with the text, the students will get a far better perspective and understanding. Remember, it is hard to believe that there are still those visual learners out there who need the text to grasp what is really going on, but we need to make sure that in the future, every student, no matter what learning style is favored, has an equal opportunity to learn. So please read this over again and ask yourself if we are really moving ahead in the right direction, or are we losing one of our most treasured aspects of education, the art or reading and writing.

North East, MD

#2 Jul 31, 2006
And GWB brags about he's put so much more money into schools. BS! Most schools can't afford enough books for the kids to take them home and do homework. NCLB?

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