December 3, 1997

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With all the efforts at school reform, all the expenditure of time, talent, and money on education, we know we have not yet achieved what our education system is capable of producing. There is a piece missing.
While visiting a local, predominantly African-American public school, I was struck by the sight of hundreds of elementary kids dressed in matching plaid jumpers, white shirts, and dark pants. Even the principal and the teachers were similarly clothed.
I am not arguing that we should toss facts and analysis onto the trash heap of history and devote ourselves to nurturing only our children's creative and practical abilities. Nor am I suggesting that we should individualize our instruction to the learning style of each student. I am arguing that we should regard memory, analytic ability, creativity, and practicality as at least equally important in our teaching and assessment of children.
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