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The Book of Learning and Forgetting
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on November 14, 2000
This excellent book on learning reemphasizes the mistakes that are being made as far as teaching children (and actually adults). In educational departments in universities, too often more importance is placed on rote learning and not on helping learning to be an enjoyable experience. I am afraid too many teachers are being churned out that feel the pressure to produce for standardized testing, without realizing that learning this same information can happen in such a way as to make it enjoyable, make sense, and be remembered for a lifetime. At this time, too many times students remember for only short-term recall, and then promptly lose the knowledge after the test. Learning is a continual and lifetime process, and Frank Smith reiterates the mistakes that teaching in the U.S. is making in emphasizing the wrong way to learn.
The information Smith gives is vitally important, and he makes several very quotable statements concerning learning and memory which I have used (citing him) in papers. The book is almost too short, and not as readable as I would have liked it. Nevertheless this is an absolute must read for educators, and for would-be teachers prior to entering their teaching jobs. It is also important for those going into educational research and educational testing to be aware of. We can and should expect children to learn, but we definitely are not approaching it the right way. This book can provide plenty of topics for discussions in education departments across the country. Testing should not be the ends, but rather the ability to learn over a lifetime and the ability to continue this process from indirect sources once out of the school system. Karen Sadler, Science Education, University of Pittsburgh
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on October 17, 2016
This book explains why some kids become good readers and others don't.

Explains how to help a poor reader become a good reader.

Frank Smith Phd, knows a lot about reading and how kids develop their self-image as students.
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on August 3, 2016
Teaching will never be the same. I love this book. It was a textbook for my graduate studies. I plan on keeping it. I lovr this book.
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on August 9, 2017
Great!
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on August 5, 2016
Easy to read, which is nice. The later part of the book is interesting, but the beginning is a bit repetitive.
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on December 11, 2013
This was a very interesting book. It was not a how-to book. It is a philosophy of teaching. It challenges a lot of preconceptions about teaching and learning. It is not a book of research. It is a book of philosophy and how to improve teaching and learning.
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on November 9, 2010
If you are wondering what can be done about education in America it would be worth your while to read Frank Smith's book. Mr. Smith takes a common sense approach to how our children should be taught. At 133 pages this book is a quick read, and full of information about how children (for that matter adults) learn best and how we can take advantage of that in our schools. If you care about our childrens education read this book, think about it and then do something positive for schools.
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on March 26, 2013
A friend in education recommended this for the concepts it contains. I found it excellent, although I have no good ideas on how to change the direction of current educational trends which, to me, are misdirected. Teaching toward test results has always seemed counterproductive to me where real learning is concerned.
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on January 23, 2016
Best approach to teaching anything. If you make a classroom a natural center of teaching, the students will learn.
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on April 4, 2015
Great idea and good argumentation. Not easy to read though!
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