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H. S. Teoh scripsit:

> Hold on a sec here... I thought the original discussion was about teaching
> in schools (which I'm assuming to mean schools for minors). If you're
> talking about educating adults, that's a totally different barrel o' fish.

In fact, I think not.  The same basic methods that work with adults are
also applicable to children, although you can give them a dose of rote
memorization as well to help them past the maggelity of English spelling
(whereas one may have to accept that adult learners will never get that
100% correct or even 90% correct).

"The fact that the only people who get special education are those who
can't learn at all by factory methods is a matter of cost, and should
not obscure the fact that everyone would learn much better if taught by
special education."
        --I forget who, possibly Debbie Meier

Learning writing top-down, content before form, is a very powerful
technique with all human beings.

--
John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              [log in to unmask]
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_