For decades, schools have been trying to boost reading test scores by cutting back on social studies and science in order to focus on comprehension "skills" like "finding the main idea" and "making inferences." But cognitive science has found that the most important factor in reading comprehension isn't skill--it's knowledge, which is best developed through the very subjects schools have been cutting. Join us as we explore how some schools are building knowledge as early as possible through a content-focused elementary curriculum, an approach that has the potential to raise scores and narrow the gap between students from the top and bottom of the socioeconomic spectrum.
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