Chapter 9 - True learning: the fun-fast way

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computer technology. We have Spanish in our school. We have tai chi in our school.'
  They tell their friends, and they're very excited about it."
  So are the parents. An average of 20 turn up each day to help out.
  What about the results?
  "Academically, the performance changed dramatically," says Alexander. "The year prior to our teachers being trained in integrative, accelerated learning techniques, only 27 percent of our kids were making a year's growth in a year's instruction. A year subsequent to that, the rate went up to 54 percent, and in math it went to 58 percent." *
  Dr. Larry Martel, President of Interlearn Integrative Learning Systems in Hilton Head, South Carolina, surveyed the results after that year. And he reported a 103 percent increase in reading scores and an 83 percent increase in maths and reading combined. In two years Guggenheim went from being at the bottom of Chicago's Subdistrict 16 schools to second from the top.
  It would be great to report that its efforts have completely turned around a whole community. But the district still has one of the highest homicide rates in the country. The poverty still remains. For those students who stay on at Guggenheim, the overall achievements remain high. But many transient students are there for too short a time to have other than a glimpse of their true potential. And the surrounding neighborhood bears daily testimony to America's urgent need for the same kind of innovative approaches to social problems that Guggenheim has brought to schooling.

Fluent French in eight weeks
  For a class demonstration of accelerated learning in action, an excellent example comes from Beverley Hills Girls' High School in Sydney, Australia.
  In the early 1990s they introduced an accelerated learning course that successfully compressed a three-year French course into eight weeks. Says teacher Sylvia Skavounos: "I was amazed. We'd had a standard French course for two-thirds of a year before we started. Yet in the two weeks after we began, the students had learned at least 200 new words, and they could say them fluently" - much better in two weeks than the previous several months.27 The course they chose was produced by

* Michael Alexander is no longer principal at Guggenheim, but new principal Nancy Ellis has continued with an expanded program.


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