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Member Spotlight: Why “Knowledge” is a Dirty Word in K-12 (And What We Can Do About It)

Virtual December 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm ET Public Event

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December 8th, 2021 at 4pm ET

How many times have you heard that “learning how to learn” is more important than learning something in particular? Or that skills matter more than knowledge? Or that learning something by heart suppresses student creativity?

Such ideas are commonplace in the United States. Mainstream education has emphasized skills over content for more than a hundred years. Unfortunately, this emphasis has had negative consequences for our young people – particularly young people from first-generation and low-income families.

Learn more about recent scholarship on why knowledge matters, what some districts and states are doing about it, and findings from Johns Hopkins’ research on knowledge-building in American schools.

About the Speaker:

  • Ashley Berner Headshot

    Dr. Ashley Berner is Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Associate Professor of Education. She helped design the Institute’s ELA and Social Studies Knowledge Maps  and School Culture 360, and she holds a B.A. from Davidson College and an M. Litt and D.Phil from Oxford University in Modern History.

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