As SAT verbal scores continue to drop, researchers are saying that the drop in literacy is connected to the test-centered curriculum.
“In the decades before the Great Verbal Decline, a content-rich elementary school experience evolved into a content-light, skills-based, test-centered approach.” writes literary critic E.D. Hirsch in a New York Times opinion piece.
Cognitive psychologists believe a content-rich early childhood experience is critical to later verbal confidence. They refer to this as the Matthew Effect, taken from the Scriptures — “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”
In other words, Hirsch writes, The Matthew Effect in language can be restated this way: “To those who understand the gist shall be given new word meanings, but to those who do not there shall ensue boredom and frustration.”
Hirsch’s examples of what constitutes a substantial learning environment are in line with the in-depth, language-rich environment offered in Waldorf education.
Read the entire article, How to Stop the Drop in Verbal Scores.
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- Board MeetingStarts: 8:00 amEnds: Saturday, March 8 - 11:00 am
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- Music Festival!Starts: 2:00 pmEnds: Sunday, March 9 - 4:00 pm
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- Tour Da Vinci Waldorf SchoolStarts: 8:45 amEnds: Wednesday, March 12 - 10:30 amLocation: 150 W. Bonner Rd., Wauconda, IL 60084Description: Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. as we gather for an inside look at Waldorf education in action. Experience the warmth of our Early Childhood classrooms. Watch the lively engagement of our grade school students as they hear or recall the lessons brought by their teacher or work on math skills by jumping rope. Hear the music the children bring, and page through the textbooks they make by hand. Learn why Waldorf education at any age is the best preparation for your child's happiness and success in the future.
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