Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cognitive Science

“If you want to be exposed to new vocabulary and new ideas, the places to go are books, magazines and newspapers. Television, video games, and the sorts of Internet content that students lean toward (for example, social networking sites, music sites, and the like) are for the most part unhelpful. Researchers have painstakingly analyzed the contents of the many ways that students can spend their leisure time. Books, newspapers, and magazines are singularly helpful in introducing new ideas and new vocabulary to students.”

—Daniel Willingham, cognitive scientist and author of Why Don’t Students Like School? 2009

• Editorial Comment: Sounds like a good argument for book-burning during leisure time.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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