The Littlest Schoolhouse Summary

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The issue of assuring that every student is actively participating in the classroom is a wide concern. However, the issue as to how to fix this is a highly debated topic. We can explore these opposing opinions in two works. While both the articles “The Littlest Schoolhouse” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and “Leave Your Laptops at the Door to my Classroom” by Darren Rosenblum explore how approaches to students’ learning styles can assist in the classroom, “The Littlest Schoolhouse” explores expanding the way students learn through technology while “Leave Your Laptops at the Door to my Classroom” discusses the benefits of banning technology entirely from classes. Both Ta-Nehisi Coates and Rosenblum can agree on at least one thing: The goal of education…show more content…
Coats mentions we must “move from the classroom as the locus of instructional delivery, to the student as the focus of instructional attainment.” His opinion, by this, is that focusing on individual students’ needs instead of engaging them in a full classroom is the best solution- using other means than instructional delivery is not only okay but appropriate. Rosenblum opposes this by saying we “internalize an ethos of caution.” He believes that instead of catering to the individual student, forcing them to learn different methods is a better way to go. Their points are strongly made, but contrast dramatically. According to both men, their methods have been applied successfully. Clearly, they believe that their approaches benefit the students. Coates quotes that at one of the schools the program is applied at, the number of people at grade level in math rose from 9% of the student body to 62% after the implementation of the program, and grade level in English went up from 12% to 40%. On the other hand, Rosenblum mentions that a study found that exam scores rose by 1.7% with the ban of computers in the classroom. Both show benefit to the students. All in all, both Coates and Rosenblum want to help their students. Statistically, both of their approaches have shown as successful. Even though they have opposite ideas of how to fix learning abilities, it is clear that the methods given have been
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