The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach

The author of Frames of Mind and The Mind s New Science merges cognitive science with the educational agenda, beginning with a fascinating look at the young child s mind and concluding with a sweeping program for educational reform An invaluable book for teachers, school administrators, parents and policy makers Vivian Gussin Paley, New York Times Book Review
The Unschooled Mind How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach The author of Frames of Mind and The Mind s New Science merges cognitive science with the educational agenda beginning with a fascinating look at the young child s mind and concluding with a sweeping

  • Title: The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach
  • Author: Howard Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780465088966
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach”

    1. More apprenticeship/exposure for kids to the real world at their earliest school-ages. Standardized testing compartmentalizes unique free beings

    2. The book starts with a nice summary of types of learning and the way that children of different ages learn differently. Discussion of the gap between schooled learning and "understanding" is also interesting, as are some of the author's ideas about harnessing apprenticeships and museum-like environments. However, I thought a lot of the reform discussion was pretty abstracted or over-simplified. Also, although the book is billed as useful for parents (and in many ways, I agree), the main target s [...]

    3. Howard Gardner's idea of teaching students to understand rather then just briefly explaining a subject I do like. Also how he feels we need to form our schools like a museum based study to get the students mentally and physically involved in their learning. I do not particularly care for his ideas of national standard curriculum even then leading to a world-wide one. I feel that schools know their students best and should be able to decide how they teach them. Reading it for an argumentation pie [...]

    4. Enjoyable and interesting. Brings questions to the role and purpose of Education, Teaching and Learning, in society and on a personal stance, bridging different points of view and outcomes and difficulties.Yet, it seemed a bit vague and repetitive, feeling that points taken could be summed much quicker, opening space for related subjects that would back up the ideas portrayed.In a sense, it's more based on ideology than on studies performed on the subjects addressed. Biological, sociological, hi [...]

    5. I really enjoyed the concepts presented in this book and the conclusions the author reached. However the author overly articulated his point and never gave consideration for homeschooling to be a possible venue to implement his ideas. If he had edited this down to 150 pages, this would have been a much better read. Still worth skimming if you are interested in outside the box ideas and concrete plans on how to bring them about as regards education.

    6. This book should ideally be read with Piaget and Vygotsky. The three make a complementary trilogy. Gardner also introduces the idea that mental growth and development is not a uniform and regulated process. Although this book was written much later than his "Multiple Intelligences", it can expand one's understanding of multiple intelligences and "Multiple Intelligences" can in turn help explain why mental development is so irregular.

    7. Howard Gardener. As in: Multiple intelligences, who changed the way education is viewed. Can't wait to read this one.

    8. Gardner makes a solid case for reforming schools by breaking the traditional mold and starting from scratch following an 'unschooled' approach to learning. The problem is that most people don't give education more than a passing glance. Schools haven't really changed in a hundred plus years, and they aren't about to start now. Unfortunate for all the millions of of who pass through the system.P 140 Educational researcher Linda McNeil has helped to elucidate the conflicts engendered by such a sy [...]

    9. While I believe that Howard Gardner has made some insightful contributions to the field of education, this book is not one of them. It is excessively wordy and would benefit from the removal of at least a third of the book. It's poorly edited and redundant, with a lot of self-promotion (instead of letting the ideas speak for themselves) and incomplete ideas. Don't waste your time.

    10. Teaching so that students truly understand a concept is difficult, and apparently not done as often as we think it is. In the artificial world of tests and grading, an "A" doesn't necessarily mean the student could explain, apply, and develop a concept in real life. Gardner spends a lot of time discussing an infant's mental development and how we develop commonsense ideas about the world that stubbornly resist later academic learning. Scientific concepts (this part went totally over my head), se [...]

    11. I think there are more accessible summaries of cognitive development: Brain Rules for Baby, A Thousand Days of Wonder

    12. I like his theory on bring back apprenticeships - beginning in late elementary school and middle school. I would love to see this implemented in a formal setting (as opposed to homeschooling and setting it up yourself). Not too keen on his favorable opinion of forgoing phonics for whole language, but we all make mistakes.

    13. I was expecting something else. Something well done. Yet this book is written like one of those nuts that generate bad logic to explain their medieval fears against the vaccines. Also, lots of "notorious" people have worked with the author to produce this unstructured list of remarks.

    14. It is what it is and because the class I read it for I would only give one star, I fear that upon its completion I am sadly left only as a traditional learner of Gardner's great work and can only give it 3 stars.

    15. This book was short and simple. I don't agree with everything he says but presents a lot of good observations and ideas to think about.

    16. I can't get into this one right now. I have found myself having to reread parts and I am still like "what?" Maybe once I put my "school" brain back in since it is currently in summertime mode.

    17. I've been reading this book and had to return it to the library - but it was really interesting - at some point I'm going to check it out again.

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