Roger Schank was the founder of the renowned Institute for the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, where he is John P. Evans Professor Emeritus in Computer Science, Education, and Psychology. Visit Dr. Schank's website at www.rogerschank.com and read his blog: educationoutrage.blogspot.com
"Why do we still have schools?" This is one of the questions Schank (founder, Inst. for the Learning Sciences, Northwestern Univ.) asks his readers to contemplate. He argues that the traditional subject-based curriculum, with its emphasis on the memorization of facts and "learning by listening," fails to engage students and to prepare them for real life. He calls for a completely remodeled education system in which all curricula are project based ("learn by doing"), designed around real-world professions that will be of interest to students, and delivered online with the day-to-day support of teachers trained as mentors. Despite the radical nature of his suggested reform (not even Schank seems confident in the likelihood of its becoming reality), his conversational style and well-reasoned argument is convincing. -VERDICT Schank has spent his career looking for better ways to help his students succeed, and it shows here. His book is a breath of fresh air in the educational reform debate. Of interest to educators, students, and parents alike who are frustrated with the schooling status quo.-Sara Holder, McGill Univ. Lib., Montreal (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Teaching Minds is a thoughtful contribution to the vital conversation about the future of American education and the ways contemporary science can enhance our practice.--Journal of Education
(Schank) rejects many 'truths' held by today's educators and politicians...the author believes society is better served when the focus is on improving the conceptual, analytical, and social processes of the individual rather than on acquiring factual knowledge.--Foreword Magazine
With stark honesty and a sharp focus on research, Schank has written a provocative, convincing, and useful book about the design of cognitively based learning experiences that can be applied to real contexts...Teaching Minds can undoubtedly help individual teachers, professors, leaders, and curriculum design teams to transform learning experiences for students at all levels.--Education Canada