Letters: Nov. 17, 1997

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SCHOOL

"Why should Johnny bother to read when the vast majority of teachers and parents prefer football games to science fairs?" NATASHA X. JACOBS Bloomington, Ind.

All too often the learning experience for students [SPECIAL REPORT, Oct. 27] is characterized by teachers talking and by students taking notes and endlessly memorizing facts. This approach simply bores students. The schools that will be recognized as institutions of excellence are the ones that directly engage students in the learning process through strong reliance on class discussion, cooperative student projects, community-based learning, meaningful field trips and guest lecturers. RICHARD PARKER,...