The Book of Learning and Forgetting

The Book of Learning and Forgetting Review

The author eloquently contrasts a false and fabricated "official theory" that learning is work (used to justify the external control of teachers and students through excessive regulation and massive testing) with a correct but officially suppressed "classic view" that learning is a social process that can occur naturally and continually through collaborative activities. This book will be crucial reading in a time when national authorities continue to blame teachers and students for failures in education. It will help educators and parents to combat sterile attitudes toward teaching and prevent current practices from doing further harm.

Title:The Book of Learning and Forgetting
Edition Language:English

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  • Trevor

    I was looking for something for an assignment, looking for something on motivating students who were clearly uninterested in learning, when I found this book. Frank Smith’s book Reading: Second Edit...

  • Wythe Marschall

    I'm giving this book 5 stars only because of the ideas within it; Smith's writing is dull, and his organization not particularly powerful. That said, his morals are unimpeachable. I want to give the g...

  • Adam Fortuna

    There’s a lot to this one. Education is broken, and this book looks into one reason why. The premise? There is a “classic theory of learning” that we all grew up with and a historical theory.We...

  • Gea

    Frank Smith is the author of many books on education and child development. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and teaches in Canada. Smith defines two visions of learning: the ‘official’ th...

  • Paul Simpson

    Dear Educator:This is a book that compares two theories of doing education: the classical vs. official theory of learning. The official theory is what we have today: standardized everything. Whereas t...

  • Deborah Mundorff

    I read this book in one sitting while earning a Masters in Education. I was launching a second career and had two kids in college. It changed the way I think about learning - and helped me identify wh...

  • Merri

    This book changed how I teach. It removed the pressure of "curriculum" and helped me realize learning is a social activity. It will happen in the right circumstances; therefore it isn't my job to stuf...

  • Ashley Stout

    Really enjoyed this book on different learning theories- an easy read, great info....

  • Debra Laughlin

    Excellent read about memory, learning, and today's education....

  • Christina Crowley

    What a beautiful concept: let's value and recognize all of the things our students are learning, not just the things we want them to learn. This is fundamental to teaching the whole child and seeing w...