Skip to comments.Interview with Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators
Posted on 12/26/2013 3:00:45 PM PST by BruceDeitrickPrice
Siegfried Engelmann is the real thing, an educator who loves to teach children and knows how to do it, both personally and in his books. As far back as the late 1960s, he told the Education Establishment: youre doing it all wrong.
Engelmann takes a scientific approach. He believes you formulate programs, test them, revise them, and keep repeating this process until you get solutions that give you the greatest success in the ordinary classroom.
Q: As you look at the entire field of education, what is the one thing that most offends you?
A: The disconnect between what occurs in classrooms and the rhetoric that describes it. There is never enough attention to the technical details that have to be addressed to provide well-designed instruction.
Q: You coined the phrase academic child abuse about 20 years ago. Are those words still appropriate today?
A: Nothing has changed. There are no provisions for schools to keep track of what works. Instead, schools adopt technically backward procedures and programs. Kids fail. The school district learns nothing more than to blindly try something else, which is usually cloaked in sweet rhetoric but is technical nonsense.
Q: Are you following Common Core? What is your appraisal?
A: A perfect example of technical nonsense. A sensible organization would rely heavily on data about procedures used to achieve outstanding results; and they would certainly field test the results to assure that the standards resulted in fair, achievable goals? How many of these things did they do? None.
Q: Reflect for a moment on official excuses. Rudolf Flesch wrote a chapter called The Ten Alibis. What are the big whoppers today?
A: The biggest one is that if kids have reasonable attendance and fail, the kids, their parent, and the home are responsible. No, the school
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