Some summer reading: Mark Twain and Education

“In Twain’s writings, he returned again and again to a simple theme: Education should be practical and meaningful. When high marks on exams are the goal, students end up focusing on isolated facts and writing in what Twain described in Tom Sawyer as a ‘wasteful and opulent gush.'”

This article isn’t for or against the Common Core, but is more of a “best guess” as to what one of America’s greatest thinkers would have had to say about what education is all about.

What do you think?

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/what-would-mark-twain-have-thought-of-the-common-core/374114/

 

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