Several colleagues have already emailed me wondering why I would tell the WaPo that reading and math are empty calories? But I didn’t. My point was that good schools teach reading across the curriculum and don’t have to cut history or science just to get enough kids over often relatively low hurdles under No Child Left Behind. In other words, good instruction is a good meal, test prep –especially at the expense of instruction — is a doughnut. This review of a recent E.D. Hirsch book, and the book itself, has more.
Also worth noting that while not bulletproof and albeit with some debatable recommendations, this study is a lot more solid than the last time CEP looked at the time issue.