Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Learning Styles are Bunk and Why, according to Cato, "Major Pedagogical Errors" get made

From the Washington Post (via Cato@Liberty):

The prediction is straightforward: Kids learn better when they are taught in a way that matches their learning style than when they are taught in a way that doesn’t. [...] The data are straightforward too: It doesn’t work.
The article goes further: "But a misunderstanding of a pretty basic issue of cognition is a mistake that one does not expect from a major school system." Well yes, one does, counters Cato@Liberty: "public schooling lacks the freedoms and incentives [Cato, pdf] that, in other fields, both allow and encourage institutions to acquire and effectively exploit expert knowledge."

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