Skills For Learning

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General

  • Currently deployed in a limited number of classrooms on a pilot basis
  • Includes curricula and strict guidelines limiting use of high-tech tools in the classroom for children under the age of eight
  • Opponents say the program is unrealistic in a technological world
  • Advocates suggest that children who learn to read, write, and think critically in their early years without the aid of computing devices perform better on a broad range of metrics
  • Board of Education plans to deploy the program in another 200 classrooms this fall
  • Parents' group Education Counts "bitterly divided over this issue"
  • Teachers' Association of Perplex City issued a statement calling the guidelines "ridiculously strict," and suggesting that any gains in performance over more traditional methods of teaching are fleeting

References

  • Perplex City Sentinel
    • article, "Board of Education Assesses Reforms" link