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A Note to Readers

A Learners’ View (ALV) Is Of Choices On The Shortest And Fastest Path To Learning, The Oxygen Of Social Life.

Main Article: NARRATIVES

Theme: From conventional wisdom and other speculations about teaching and learning to choices while learning based on experimental empirical science.


NO ONE KNOWS WHEN, BY WHOM, HOW, OR WHY teaching and learning began. At the same time, almost everyone has encountered someone teaching and someone learning something. Conventional public wisdom holds that everyone thus knows about these topics and in some way serves as an expert on them.

Gossip about teaching and learning have probably been topics of conversation since these social actions were invented. People have formed some of them into folklore about education and learning. For want of alternatives, educators have used such folklores to organize schools and schooling. This collection of beliefs and practices includes some commonalities with and bears slight relation to reports by experimental behavioral and social scientists that describe how learners learn from lessons.

Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning addresses the gap between conventional public beliefs and reports from the cloisters of scientific and technical journals and practices that describe teaching and learning. Teachers can apply a learners’ view of how they learn teachers’ lessons. When teaching matches how learners’ learn, learners accelerate, increase, and deepen (AID) learning promptly and sometimes dramatically.

ALV also corresponds with Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy (ELA). Both address what it means to be literate in the classic sense of liberalism (not contemporary political liberalism) even during the 21st Century. Classical liberalism has featured individualism, liberty, and equal rights. Instead of waiting for someone else to solve problems, classical liberals aspired to individuals assuming responsibility for solving their own problems. It holds by tradition that each person learns, that is adopts, adapts, and adjusts in order to do what the most accomplish people of civilization have done and continue to do.

ALV, based in classical liberalism, introduces teachers and others to the technical-scientific literacy of educators related to learning from teaching. Common Core standards, such as ELA, identify results for each student to learn when teachers apply ALV literacy through lessons.

While developing this site, ALV has apparently and implicitly taken on an unwanted classic challenge: to clarify the relative value for learners of less efficient as well as less reliable ways than ALV to operationalize non-experimental research findings of learning from teaching in and out of schools. ALV, when used in schools, has the potential of all learners to learn all lessons in less time and with fewer trial-and-errors than from other teaching.

WE DESIGNED THIS SITE, so it has several levels for the comfort of general readers and parents as well as more guidance for educators. Readers will quickly note that this site is incomplete, but growing. Our goal at all levels is to clarify ways to support learners to learn all lessons in and out of schools in order to maximize their life chances individually and together.

At the least complex level, it is only a few pages long written for parents and general readers. These are the introductory paragraphs of each part of the text. Some pages contain the topic sentences of more than one link to articles, for a quick overview of relationships among their articles.

The main part of the text is written for readers who enjoy reading science and technology sections of news publications. The documentation at this level provides references for comments from readers such as, “This can’t be true.”

The end notes provide usual scholarly references and sometimes short discussions.

Appendices elaborate key issues, such as who benefits from the last 40 years of  “new” (read that as “experimental,” ideologically inspired) teaching practices, given that the graduates of PreK12 schools do not all meet international standards of literacy.


  1. A Learners’ View (ALV) of Learning in One Lesson Introduction
  2. Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning
  3. Classical Liberalism
  4. Common Core Standards and English Language Arts and Literacy…
  5. Folklore about Education
  6. Folklore about Learning

Related Reading

  1. A Preliminary Word with Readers
  2. How to Use this Site
  3. Notes about ALV
  4. Watch our Progress
  5. Welcome
  6. Technical-Scientific Literacy of Educators (TSLE)
  7. Trail to a Learners’ V

Last Edited: February 03, 2015

Robert Heiny
Robert Heinyhttp://www.robertheiny.com
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in The Encyclopedia of Education (1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for TuxReports.com.

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