This edition: The School Years: Special Topic
This special topic lesson explores the role of school in a child’s development. It follows the academic and social transformation of a young boy named Mario, revealing the powerful influence that public schooling and teachers have had on his development. What we teach, how we teach, and how children learn are important factors in a child’s school success. During his early years in elementary school, Mario exhibited disruptive behavior that interfered with his schoolwork and caused him to spend many hours in the principal’s office. Luckily, Mario connected with his fifth-grade classroom teacher, who encouraged his interest in mathematics and helped turn his school experience around.