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  •  I don't know much about the US school system (0+ / 0-)

    apart from what I learned through Hollywood. But in Danish school tradition there is a concept called "Freedom of Method" - which means that the government decides WHAT is to be taught, and the schools/teachers decide HOW it is taught.

    Like many other Freedoms, it has been under attack/erosion in recent years. I am wondering if a similar concept is known in the US.

    The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.

    by Lesser Dane on Tue Jun 12, 2007 at 10:07:09 AM PDT

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    •  re Freedom of Method (0+ / 0-)

      Interesting.  I've seen both.  An example of a class in which WHAT and HOW is mandated: Active Physics.  From my experience with Active Physics, that approach has room for improvement, but I think the basic idea of bringing state-of-the-art knowledge on effective teaching strategies to classrooms is a good one, as long as teachers have the flexibility to adjust it to fit their own abilities.

      An example of a class in which only WHAT is mandated: AP Physics.  The curriculum is very tightly controlled.  (It's equivalent to a intro college-level physics class, and if students score high enough on the standardized AP Exam then they may get college credit.)  However, teachers are free to cover the material as they please.  I just finished assisting an AP Physics class, and we had some fun designing our own methods.

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