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Nothing could be more obvious than that we want learning that
matters, that makes a difference in learners’ lives. Nothing could
be less obvious than that we are getting it. To be sure, in the course
of their schooling, students learn some things that they put to work
often—basic literacy and numeracy for example. However, they
also encounter ideas from history and civics that might inform citizenship,
health science that might inform personal care, reading
strategies (not just basic ‘decoding’) that might inform active reading-
to-learn, moral precepts that might inform good conduct. Yet
everyday experience suggests that many students do not learn such
content well enough and in the right ways to translate it into action.
Learning that should matter doesn’t.
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