Dr. E.D. Hirsch points out that some basic, shared knowledge is essential to success. Educators around the country who have adopted E.D. Hirsch's ideas have created schools that excel far above most other public schools. He has also authored a series of books detailing what children at each grade level from K-7 should be learning. (Start at 17:00 to get past the introduction).
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Eric Jensen has long been an expert in learning, and also in ways poverty might negatively affect children's educational success. He has written many books and offers a lot of wisdom on this subject. The video linked below is meant to help introduce you to his ideas and lead parents to resources that will help them be great home-based teachers.
In the video linked below, Sir Ken Robinson shares his insights and vision for better schools. Sadly this leader in education recently passed away, but his words and writings remain to encourage, challenge, and guide us. This video is posted here to introduce parents to his ideas. Creativity is certainly a key component of learning, as are a personal relationship with the student, and local control of education.
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