Published Online: May 23, 2006
Published in Print: May 24, 2006, as Skills or Knowledge? We Need a Balance of Both


Skills or Knowledge? We Need a Balance of Both

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To the Editor:

Teaching skills or teaching knowledge? It’s like debating which came first, the chicken or the egg. Common sense tells us we need both, and E.D. Hirsch Jr.’s April 26, 2006, Commentary ("Reading-Comprehension Skills? What Are They Really?") reminds us educators that we need to keep our approaches to teaching reading comprehension balanced.

His essay helps keep us focused on the importance of building a society that possesses knowledge, which in turn can be used to develop skills and to shape attitudes that contribute to a good citizenry. He makes a good argument for less skills-training and more content-oriented approaches in our schools. Bravo, Mr. Hirsch!

Dennis Guilliams
St. Louis, Mo.

Vol. 25, Issue 38, Page 35

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