Why America's Children Can't Think: Creating Independent Minds for the 21st Century

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Inner Ocean, 2002 - Education - 405 pages
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The Information Age requires that we not only comprehend what we read but can interpret and apply it to our personal experience, or we will become a nation of followers and not independent thinkers. As the Internet pervades all aspects of our lives, we will be required to exercise reading and interpretative skills at an unprecedented level, or be left behind in the new global economy. By 2010, the volume of available information will be growing at a rate 10 billion times faster than in 1950. Peter Kline argues, from deep experience as an innovative teacher, researcher, and consultant in reading and accelerated learning skills, that standardized testing produces a population that can follow instructions, but it kills our greatest resource: the creative minds of our children. It's interpretation, not comprehension, that is needed. Today's world requires a radically different approach to education. Drawing on the latest research on how the brain actually works as we read, Kline argues that "we should, from the very first word that we read, be engaged by what it has to say about our personal experience."

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Peter Kline has a great ability to analyze interesting questions and link them to other lines of though. A hidden gem in this book is a theory very plausible about the true identity of Shakespeare ... Read full review


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An exponent of innovative, highly successful educational and organizational practices, Peter Kline has pioneered methods that accelerate learning and bring involvement and excitement to the classroom and the workplace. A consultant to government agencies, corporations and school systems worldwide, he has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs and has been the subject of a variety of profiles and studies. His far-ranging interests include a long-standing involvement with the theater.

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