“The sage on the stage” versus “the guide on the side” is how the debate is often framed. Proponents of the former ruled the education roost throughout the 19th century, but in the 20th century a child-centered doctrine, developed by John Dewey in the gardens surrounding the University of Chicago’s Laboratory School, then refined at Columbia University’s Teachers College, gained the high ground, as “inquiry-based” and “problem-solving” became the pedagogies of choice, certainly as propounded by education-school professors. In recent years, the earlier view has staged something of a comeback, as KIPP and other “No Excuses” charter schools have insisted on devoting hours of class time to direct instruction, even to drill and memorization.On the question of sages on stages versus guides on sides, we critically need parent choice.
Eighth-Grade Students Learn More Through Direct Instruction
by Paul Peterson
Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3
You shouldn't have to pay private or parochial school tuition to get a teacher-centered classroom for your kids.