Educ- Knowing vs Doing LO6914

Barry Mallis (
23 Apr 1996 08:24:31 -0400

Reply to: RE>Educ: Knowing vs Doing LO6870

I find the "implication/conclusion: [that] football MATTERS, school is
fairly irrelevant" a dangerous generalization used to leverage a
philosophical point. My gut sensation is that the anti-intellectual
picture painted by the anecdote is real, true; it represents the
mainstream in the United States now.

But a more sanguine side of me recalls that for many two years ed. reform
trials that fail, there are also islands of competent, legitimate
successes where teachers involve students in "doing".

I agree completely with Charlie's insights about what really counts for
teenagers. Someone else wrote recently about an initiative which runs
counter to the trend: Olympics of the Mind (OM). This combination of
teamwork and ingenuity brings aspects of schooling out into another world
beyond the school walls. I suspect that in many schools (especially High
Schools) OM is considered an activity for dweebs and pinheads--a further
manifestation of anti-intellectualism fostered what?

Best regards,

Barry Mallis

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