What I see is kids taught by “drill and kill” methods – GroupThink at its worst.
Detailed academic research into the methods employed by Core Knowledge concluded:
Our analyses did show that students in Core Knowledge schools perform significantly better than their comparison school counterparts on the Core Knowledge Achievement subtests.
This is not surprising, as the students in Core Knowledge schools were taught the Core Knowledge content, whereas students in comparison schools were not.
In other words, the method teaches the children to pass tests – and specifically Core Knowledge’s own tests. Is that learning? Are these students getting real-world transferable skills?
Watch from 5 mins 45 seconds onwards and tell me:
Is this the kind of school you want for your child?
Not in my worst Kafkaesque or Orwellian nightmares would I ever allow a child of mine into a class where this was the norm.
NATIONAL EVALUATION OF CORE KNOWLEDGE SEQUENCE IMPLEMENTATION – Final Report, Sam Stringfield, Amanda Datnow, Geoffrey Borman, & Laura Rachuba Johns Hopkins Unive rsity Report No. 49 December 2000