The Power of Reading A Presentation by Dr. Charles Cabell
Based on the work of
During my presentation, I will come to “stopping points” where I will ask to answer some questions. In order to answer the questions, you will need to take notes as I speak. Now, please get out a pen or pencil, and then we’ll begin.
Did you enjoy your high school English class?
Did you learn how to speak English in your class?
Did you communicate in English?
Did your teacher communicate to you in English?
Characteristics of Entrance Exam Preparation （受験勉強）
The purpose of education is to prepare for an exam
The purpose of the exam is to divide students into winners and losers
Students’ interests and individuality are ignored
Students memorize information
Many students hate school
Many students hate learning
Many students find classes boring
Many students lose confidence in themselves, especially in their academic ability
Many teachers try to control students
Students become extremely passive, sleeping in classes
Students become silent, never asking questions or showing interest
Students completely separate their personal, meaningful lives from the classroom, which has no meaning for them
Students never do more than what is required by the teacher (homework)
Students do not think about the content of their education
Students in the classroom wait for class to end so they can be free of school
Students have no personal learning goals
Students do not know how to learn for purposes of personal growth
Students never act independently
Students have little experience learning outside of class
Students do not see learning as something that gives them power
Students do not know how to study for purposes other than a test