Is It Ever Okay to Make Teachers Read Scripted Lessons?

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Sun Oct 12 09:46:00 UTC 2014


The Atlantic



Is It Ever Okay to Make Teachers Read Scripted Lessons?



Sunlight streamed through an oversized classroom window in Kisauni—a slum in Mombasa, Kenya—as a group of 6-year-olds fixed their eyes on their teacher. As he rhapsodized about the intricacies of grammar, he snuck a glance at his Nook e-reader every couple minutes; it was imperative that he follow the guidelines written there. Without much prodding, his students enthusiastically recited the spelling lesson in unison. The cheerful ambience stood in stark contrast to that of most public schools in the poverty-stricken district.



The teacher—or academy manager, to be more precise—worked for Bridge International Academies, a for-profit company that has grown, in only six years, into a behemoth in Kenyan education.



Full story:
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/10/is-it-okay-to-make-teachers-read-scripted-lessons/381265/?google_editors_picks=true
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