Why Knowledge Matters: How an Over-Emphasis on Skills is Corrupting the Classroom and What Can Be Done About It


by
Martin Cothran November 8, 2018


Presented at:
2018 SCL Annual Conference

ABSTRACT:

Modern education theory emphasizes skills and downplays content. But is there really such a thing as "reading skills," "critical thinking skills," or "problem-solving skills" apart from specific content knowledge? What does research say about whether skills can be learned outside of content domains? Can abstract skills be tested and what do these tests really measure? Can technology replace memory and content knowledge? How does Classical education better do the things that skills training and technology purport to do?


TAGS:

Classical Education Content Knowledge Development Education Learning Pedagogy


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Martin Cothran
Martin Cothran is a writer and teacher who lives in Danville, Kentucky. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School. He is a prominent voice in Kentucky on public policy issues and is a regular guest on radio and television. He is author of Traditional Logic: Books I and II and Classical Rhetoric.

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