Why we should never return to the three Rs

Riddle, Stewart (2013) Why we should never return to the three Rs. The Conversation, 8 April 2013. pp. 1-3.

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Ongoing calls for a rejection of 'intellectual fads' and a return to 'more traditional teaching methods' seem to be ramping up in the education debate. But if these advocates were talking about rejecting advances over the past sixty years in medicine, no one would take them seriously. So why then is it acceptable to champion simplistic and archaic methods when it comes to education?

We should never, and in fact we cannot, return to the three Rs of reading, writing, and arithmetic for a couple of very simple reasons.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2013 05:51
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 01:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy; education; new literacies
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
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