Science of Reading: The Podcast

A conversation with Natalie Wexler

October 16, 2019
Science of Reading: The Podcast
A conversation with Natalie Wexler
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Science of Reading: The Podcast
A conversation with Natalie Wexler
Oct 16, 2019
Amplify Education
Susan and Natalie dive into her latest book, The Knowledge Gap, and discusses the lack of equity among students, the multi-faceted approach to the benefits of knowledge-based curriculum inside and beyond the classroom, why it’s important to teach build knowledge while teaching foundational skills, why professional development doesn’t seem to be making a difference and how it can be improved, and more.
Show Notes

What's broken in our education system? Natalie joins Susan for a provocative talk about her latest book, The Knowledge Gap, and how a knowledge-based curriculum can bring equity into the classroom, and students' futures.

Quotes

“Kids actually love to learn stuff. They love to feel like they’re experts. It does wonders for their self-esteem.” - Wexler

“Once teachers try it and can see what can happen…they’re going to say ‘I’m never going back to what I was doing before.” - Wexler

Resources

Natalie Wexler’s books:

The Knowledge Gap: The hidden cause of America's broken education system--and how to fix it

The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grade

Natalie Wexler’s articles:

Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong: The Case for Teaching Kids Stuff” (The Atlantic, August 2019)

“Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years” (The Atlantic, April 2018)

Additional resources:

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham’s education blog

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