This was the largest and most expensive experiment in education funded by the U.S. federal government ever conducted. The most extensive evaluation of Follow Through data covers the years 1968-1977; however, the program continued to receive funding from the government until 1995.
Direct Instruction showed more significant gains than any other model examined. Kids learned better academic and problem-solving skills, and their self-esteem was raised through use of this teaching methodology. Continue Reading
“If the child hasn’t learned, the teacher hasn’t taught.” That’s the philosophy behind Direct Instruction, an educational technique that challenges the mantras of modern bureaucrats and shows that even the most disadvantaged children can excel, if only schools will teach them. And the evidence for the success of Direct Instruction is much more than anecdotal: major long-term studies provide powerful evidence of its success, and disturbing evidence for the futility of the more popular techniques that dominate our schools. Continue Reading