W. R. Klemm

W. R. Klemm
W. R. Klemm
The Learning Skills Cycle. A Way to Rethink Education Reform
Dr. Klemm’s latest book, for parents and teachers, is “The Learning Skills Cycle. A Way to Re-think Education Reform. It is available from most all book vendors. The compelling purpose for writing the book is that student achievement in the U.S. is not improving, despite all the government programs and enormous spending. As a man of medicine, I realize that if the treatment is not working there is a good chance the problem has been misdiagnosed. And the problem, as I see it, is that the learners do not have good learning skills, and that teaching such skills is not emphasized in the curricula. What these skills encompass includes: 1) wanting to learn, 2) ability for intense attention and focus, 3) knowing how to organize information, 4) strategic capabilities for reducing confusion when you don’t understand new ideas, 5) using established principles and methods for making memorization easier and more reliable, 6) problem-solving skills, and 7) creativity.

Teachers form one part of the book’s audience, because many teachers were not taught everything that is in the book. I know, because I give workshops on the subject to teacher groups. But the book’s audience includes parents, who don’t have to be an educational expert to learn the ideas in the book and transmit them to their children.

Another part of the problem is that teachers are usually not given the time and flexibility to work this kind of learning-how-to-learn into their curriculum, which is often driven by government edict and enforcement educrats. Having more “school choice” is not likely to help much either if charter- and private-school teachers aren’t teaching learning-how-to-learn skills.

The right kind of reform of U.S. education is obviously important to the children and parents who are directly affected. But it should also be of concern to everyone, because we live in an interconnected and economically competing world. When other countries have more curricular flexibility and the knowledge and will to teach learning-how-to-learn skills, their populations become more competitive, in science, technology, economics, and military strength.

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Bryan, Texas
Dr. W. R. (Bill) Klemm is a Professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University who has studied basic and applied research on learning and memory and has published 20 books, many of them for lay audiences. He is a regular writer on learning and memory for Psychology Today, maintains a blog site (“Improve Your Learning and Memory,” thankyoubrain.blogspot.com).
Memory in the Age of Google
How to Improve Learning and Memory
The Learning Skills Cycle
Neuroscience and Religion
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