Title: Could John Stuart Mill Have Saved Our Schools?

Authors: Siegfried Engelmann PhD; Douglas Carnine PhD

Publisher: Attainment Company Inc.

Full Court Press

Order information

Description: Coauthors Siegfried Engelmann and Douglas Carnine are foundational 20th and 21st century thinkers on instructional best practices. Engelmann shaped and codified Direct Instruction, the most effective method of teaching reading, math, and other subjects, as validated by more than 100 experimental studies. The authors' contention is when the details of instruction are in place (well designed sets of examples and adequate practice), student learning can be accelerated beyond what is currently being achieved in schools. Engelmann and Carnine look at John Stuart Mill's 1843 publication, System of Logic, that describes four major templates for organizing examples to support but one interpretation. The authors apply Mill's rules to their own work on Direct Instruction and show how it aligns with them. With many examples and intriguing historical asides, this book shows that if today's educators adopt instruction consistent with Mill's methods, education could become a science, resulting in our schools dramatic improvement.

Finalist, International Book Awards -- Education/Academic category
Finalist, International Book Awards -- Science category

Siegfried Engelmann PhD is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Oregon and is the originator of Direct Instruction (DI) as an approach to teaching.

Douglas Carnine PhD is a Professor of Education at the University of Oregon and Director of the National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators.