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ERIC Number: EJ767456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
How to Produce a High-Achieving Child
Kuhn, Deanna
Phi Delta Kappan, v88 n10 p757-763 Jun 2007
Frantic parents trying to ensure that their children can maintain an edge throughout their school careers have become a fixture of today's society. Perhaps one key to the puzzle of academic motivation is to make school make sense, not just to those who structure the school systems or rely on them to educate their children, but to the young people for whom they are designed. Using New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's recent educational initiatives as an example of what not to do, the author suggests two ways to increase the likelihood that students will have a meaningful school experience. One is to center the curriculum on educational activities whose purpose and value are readily apparent to those who partake in them. This means to a large extent focusing education on intellectual tools--inquiry and argument--whose purpose and value are easily recognized and whose broad utility and power are evident. Second is to make schooling more connected to the adult life it is intended to prepare students for. Parents can push and pull their children to bring home those A's, but in the end, it is the children who need to find sound reasons for wanting to do so. (Contains 17 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York