Teaching students stuff vs. teaching them to think

“… I keep wondering what the hell is wrong with all the wackaloons in charge of today’s education. Starting from elementary school, they force curricula which treat the human brain like some kind of a delicate instrument which, God forbid should ever be overloaded with information. They put emphasis on understanding rather than knowing, on the assumption that in the age of the Internet, information is so readily available that there is no need to actually study and memorize it. That’s complete and utter nonsense!!! How much time do you need to invoke some thoroughly learned fact from your memory? Milliseconds? Maybe a couple of seconds? How much time do you need to look this fact up on the Internet? Minutes, maybe even dozens of minutes …” (more)

[Molecular Philosophy, 14 February]


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