At Harvard, teachers get a lesson
Program looks at how people learn
More than 300 of Harvard University’s brightest came together on Friday for a school-wide symposium on learning and teaching, the first salvo in a $40 million attempt to rethink education. Among the surprising conclusions: classroom lectures don’t work; the best way to teach is to test; and the entire concept of universities needs to be “blown up.’’ The initiative’s proximate goal is to make Harvard’s professors and graduate students better teachers. The ultimate goal is to improve teaching well beyond the Yard.