Tuesday, August 26, 2008

An Indirect Route to School Reform

Nat Torkington:

I now agree with Kevin—if something's critical at college level, high schools will want to teach it and teach it well.

I would argue that this may be true insofar as popular college textbooks may influence high school textbooks (and given the number of other design constraints on high school texts, I'm dubious), but generally high school teachers don't know what is being taught in colleges, even in their own discipline. Even if you're a recent graduate, how generalizable was your personal experience? Maybe this is more true in the humanities than sciences, but even the sciences would definitely change over time.

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