Learning Styles--Real or Unreal?
Learning styles? Something that didnâ€™t even exist 25 years ago now seems to be a fixed part of American education. Do you ever suspect that maybe weâ€™ve let this thing go too far?
Teachers have to waste a lot of time trying to make what they are doing conform to the alleged differences in students. I suspect the kids are a lot more alike than not.
I may get myself in trouble with some teachers but Iâ€™ve just written an article that challenges the importance of learning styles. The article starts from the fact that â€śreading readinessâ€ť was invented 50 years ago to hide the failure of Whole Word or Look-Say. When children couldnâ€™t learn to read using this bogus technique, the schools would say, â€śSorry, your child lacks reading readiness.â€ť Some kids had it; some didn't. This supposed lack gave the schools an excuse for not doing a good job. So-called diverse learning styles are used the same way.
For more discussion of "learning styles," please see "51: Learning Stylesâ€ť on Improve-Education.org ( www.improve-education.org/id77.html )