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  •  In our rapidly changing environment... (10+ / 0-)

    The most imortant thing any teacher can teach their student is how to learn.  I think that we rely too heavily on teaching to memorize rather than teaching to understand.  When you truly understand something, it is easy to modify that understanding when the technology changes or when a rule no longer applies but when you only memorize, you have to relearn it fom the beginning.

    Look at how our technology has changed over the last thirty years, or twenty or even the last ten...  What is being taught in college today is likely to be obsolete by the time kids graduate  (depending on the subject matter of course).  

    If they understand the subject matter, it will be easier to build upon that understanding.  If they memorized the information, it will be useless.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:22:34 PM PST

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