Monday, November 12, 2012

The Struggle

John J. Flynn Elementary Principal Graham Clarke alerted me to a very nice piece on NPR today. It’s called Struggle for Smarts? How Eastern and Western Cultures Tackle Learning.

A researcher was studying students in a Japanese school, and ended up observing a fourth grade math class.

"The teacher was trying to teach the class how to draw three-dimensional cubes on paper," Stigler explains, "and one kid was just totally having trouble with it. His cube looked all cockeyed, so the teacher said to him, 'Why don't you go put yours on the board?' So right there I thought, 'That's interesting! He took the one who can't do it and told him to go and put it on the board.' "

Have a listen. It’s only 8 minutes.