In The Book of Learning and Forgetting, Frank Smith offers a calm and eloquent argument against the noisy clamor of those calling for “high standards” and testing for accountability.  He explains how schools and other governing bodies obstruct the learning abilities of children.  The author offers two models of teaching.  The first is the “Classic View” which views learning as a  social process that requires little effort on the part of the learner and has been with us for centuries.  The second, which closely models what is used in schools today, is what he calls the “Official Theory” based on  drill, memorization and testing. 

Smith calls for the abolishment of the “official theory” of learning and a return to the “classic theory” of learning.  This is truly a book that all educators, administrators and parents should read.