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In this thought-provoking book, Frank Smith explains how schools and educational authorities systematically obstruct the powerful inherent learning abilities of children, creating handicaps that often persist through life. 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 alleged failures in education. It will help educators and parents to combat sterile attitudes toward teaching and learning and prevent current practices from doing further harm.

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Frank Smith was a reporter, editor, and novelist before beginning his formal research into language, thinking, and learning. He has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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Kim Burdick
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Book of Learning and Forgetting
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2013
. I like Frank Smith''s work. He is not afraid to shake, rattle or bang on the cage bars of bureaucracy or academia. As a museum educator, long-time Montessori mother, and even longer-ago 4-H member, I have always believed in "learn by doing." I have never... See more
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I like Frank Smith''s work. He is not afraid to shake, rattle or bang on the cage bars of bureaucracy or academia.

As a museum educator, long-time Montessori mother, and even longer-ago 4-H member, I have always believed in "learn by doing." I have never understood why learning comprehension has been confused with scores on appallingly mechanical tests. No test can ever demonstrate both the pupils'' and the teacher''s abilities as well as a work portfolio.

Real learning should be a joyful, engaging, thought-provoking mental process that has nothing to do with staying up all night cramming for exams.

As a History Instructor, I especially appreciate Smith''s insightful look at the impact the thinking of the Industrial Revolution and also the Military has had on the language and bureaucracy of education. Comparing and contrasting these two world views with contemporary educational theories would make a great group project for my HIS 112 students!

I am thankful for Frank Smith and others of his ilk. This old book (1998) must have helped let in a little light and air. New brain-based education and student-centered theories are all the rage today.

What is old is now new again.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, Delaware
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K. L Sadler
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Short, concise book on the right and wrong of learning
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2000
This excellent book on learning reemphasizes the mistakes that are being made as far as teaching children (and actually adults). In educational departments in universities, too often more importance is placed on rote learning and not on helping learning to be an enjoyable... See more
This excellent book on learning reemphasizes the mistakes that are being made as far as teaching children (and actually adults). In educational departments in universities, too often more importance is placed on rote learning and not on helping learning to be an enjoyable experience. I am afraid too many teachers are being churned out that feel the pressure to produce for standardized testing, without realizing that learning this same information can happen in such a way as to make it enjoyable, make sense, and be remembered for a lifetime. At this time, too many times students remember for only short-term recall, and then promptly lose the knowledge after the test. Learning is a continual and lifetime process, and Frank Smith reiterates the mistakes that teaching in the U.S. is making in emphasizing the wrong way to learn.
The information Smith gives is vitally important, and he makes several very quotable statements concerning learning and memory which I have used (citing him) in papers. The book is almost too short, and not as readable as I would have liked it. Nevertheless this is an absolute must read for educators, and for would-be teachers prior to entering their teaching jobs. It is also important for those going into educational research and educational testing to be aware of. We can and should expect children to learn, but we definitely are not approaching it the right way. This book can provide plenty of topics for discussions in education departments across the country. Testing should not be the ends, but rather the ability to learn over a lifetime and the ability to continue this process from indirect sources once out of the school system. Karen Sadler, Science Education, University of Pittsburgh
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Bryan Glover
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Rethinking and Refelcting
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2017
Constant rethinking and reflection about my own practices when I was a teacher and how to use the learning I get from my reading and​ reflection moving forward as an education leader.
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Jillian Bearb
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Great resource
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2019
I’m an SLP and this is a must-have, especially if you work with children/school-age kids. It is also a great resource to give parents.
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armyview
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Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017
Smith has a very realistic and open view of learning. I like it a lot much more realistic than some other views and much less complicated than Danielson and some others.
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Peter Rogers MD
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To help a student learn to read better, this is a great book!
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2016
This book explains why some kids become good readers and others don''t.

Explains how to help a poor reader become a good reader.

Frank Smith Phd, knows a lot about reading and how kids develop their self-image as students.
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BUBBA
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Don''t bother
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
Pathetic book and water of time
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BillieJ
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Are we failing students? Or worse teaching them they can’t learn?
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2019
Are we failing to fully utilize our knowledge of how we learn in our current education institutions? Dr Smith describes what I, my dad, and sons experienced and what can be done much better and how.
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Rachel
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Game changer
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2017
As a teacher this offers an earth shattering change in perspective of learning and forgetting.
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Troy
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on November 9, 2014
This slim volume says it all in a very readable format.
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