In The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, Amanda Ripley tells the the education success stories of Finland, South Korea and Poland, Willingham writes. In all three countries, students engage “ from an early age, in rigorous work that poses significant cognitive challenge.”Yeah, pretty much.
When schoolwork is challenging, students fail frequently, “so failure necessarily is seen as a normal part of the learning process, and as an opportunity for learning, not a cause of shame.”
South Koreans, Finns and Poles expect schoolwork to be hard, Ripley writes.
By contrast, Americans believe “learning is natural” and “should be easy,” Willingham writes. If a student has to try much harder than classmates, he’s a candidate for a disability diagnosis.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
It's Not Easy, But It Is Simple. Put Forth Some Effort.
Joanne covers some important ground here: