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ERIC Number: ED057572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 192
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How to Survive in Your Native Land.
Herndon, James
A teacher in a junior high school outside San Francisco recounts his attempts to introduce unconventional subject matter, methods of teaching, and classroom procedure over several years. Starting out with the belief that children can learn better if they have freedom to explore areas that interest them and if they are free from petty school regulations, he came to these conclusions: 1) All schools as presently constituted are irrelevant to children's education. Far from promoting learning, they hamper it. Students who cope easily with budgets in the real world can't do the same simple arithmetic in school; 2) Even school administrators don't learn from past mistakes. They repeat programs that have proved unworkable in the past; 3) Teachers cannot expect students to work eagerly at tasks the teachers themselves would not do. The author's most successful venture was making a film, because he himself wanted to; 4) Most students, given freedom from grades and assignments and freedom to work on their own, still prefer to do nothing rather than something; 5) In teaching reading, one cannot expect any one method to bring success. The best plan is to read all about reading and use an ecletic approach. Talking and reading with each student individually brings the best results. The author uses anecdotes to illustrate these and other points in his book. (JK)
Simon and Schuster, Inc., 630 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10020 ($5.95)
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