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Some Cincinnati schools use rare teaching method

CINCINNATI (AP) - Some Cincinnati public schools are using a teaching method focused on debate and the Socratic method while most American schools focus on teaching to standardized tests.

The paideia teaching method focuses on classical educational techniques such as debate, the Socratic method and critical thinking.

Terry Roberts, director of the National Paideia Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., said Cincinnati, Chicago and Chattanooga, Tenn., are the only school districts in the country to provide paideia education from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Roberts said the method has declined in use over the past decade because of the increasing importance of standardized tests. To pass those tests, students have to learn specific information that isn't efficiently taught through the paideia method.


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