Workbook vs. Notebook Approach

Oct 30

Workbook vs. Notebook Approach

Here is a short comparison of two educational approaches: 1) The WORKBOOK APPROACH: Conditioned Learning – Dependent Character, and 2) The NOTEBOOK APPROACH: Reflective Learning – Independent Character.


Students diligently keep notebooks to make an exact record of their learning. This methodology helps students impress the knowledge on both their minds and their hearts. The notebook method can serve as a basis and reminder of their learning for years to come.

THE WORKBOOK APPROACH Conditioned Learning – Consumer Oriented THE NOTE BOOK APPROACH Reflective LearningProducer Oriented
1. Curriculum is structured by the pursuit of information and its regurgitation. Glorifies man and his knowledge! 1. Curriculum is structured by Scriptural principles and leading ideas. Glorifies God as the author of the subject!
2. Discourages original thinking through true-false, fill-in-the-blank, one-word responses. 2. Encourages mastery of subjects. Students research. Required to write complete thoughts, sentences, paragraphs, essays.
3. Produces no record of learning – papers discarded, workbooks destroyed. Student has no sense of “value” for the effort. Parents not certain what is being taught. 3. Produced a permanent record of learning. Student values his labor and is able to refer back to his study. Parents see exactly what is being taught and required daily, as well as the Child’s progress.
4. Subject is not the internal property of the student. Information is quickly forgotten! Language must be “dumbed down” for understanding. Communication is vague. Student is often unable to give meaningful answers. 4. Student takes command of the subject and it becomes his/hers personal property. Must be able to reason and think critically; acquires the ability to articulate with perspicuity – speak and write with the mastery and authority of God’s Word.
5. Produces the ability to take short answer tests with a “recognition” mentality. Students parrot back the “right” answers for the “A” on the test. 5.Produces reflective understanding. Essay tests require an understanding of principles and concepts. Students reason for themselves, solve problems.
6. Has no standard of Christina scholarship or work ethic – no accountability for learning. 6. Holds students to the standard of excellence in Christ. He practices Christian scholarship.
7. Discourages a lifetime enjoyment of learning. 7. Produces love of learning and pursue of lifetime of study.
8. The burden of learning rests on the teachers. 8. The burden of learning rests on the student.
9. Teachers are tied to teacher manuals and curriculum content – someone else’s ideas and lesson plans. 9. Teacher researches and develops his/hers own ideas to supplement the lesson plans.
10. Fosters opportunities of irresponsibility, ignorance, illiteracy, dependent mentality and character, liberal, socialistic, secular world and life view. 10. Fosters opportunities for individuality, industry, productivity, accountability, reasoning, mastery of knowledge – self-governing, independent mentality and character, conservative, Biblical, Christian wold and life view.

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