Articles on Education

Dear Reader,

A couple of recent articles relating to education —

“Teenage Vandals were Sentenced to Read Books, ” by Christine Hauser in The New York Times (April 5, 2018). Books as punishment — what do you think? I like the idea. It seems the kids (or at least the one quoted) got the message through books in a way they never would have in adults just lectured them. Books convey ideas in a form that makes them much more palatable.

“Why You Forget Most of What You Read,” by Julie Beck from The Week (Apr. 13, 2018; republished from The Atlantic) — Honestly, I am just like the person in this article. I forget books. I forget movies. But I do tend to remember by impressions of them — how they made me feel and whether I liked them. I just don’t remember plots. It’s kind of good because I can rewatch movies 😉 Seriously, though, the techniques which we have been using as part of a Charlotte Mason education are just what this article recommends — narrating after reading to aid retention, and reading in smaller chunks over longer periods of time.


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