Thursday, December 30, 2010

Some thinking on learning

@greatestquotes tweeted this today: "Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind." - Gandhi

This got me thinking about the learning that is going on in schools today. How much of our learning is rote memorization... What's the capital of Minnesota?... Where is the Tropic of Cancer? What did Tom Sawyer say on page 35? 

These are all Googlable things. I can type them into a search engine and find the answer. Instead shouldn't we be asking deeper questions? Questions that make students think, not recite? Explain, not regurgitate? 

When are schools, administrators, and teachers going to stop the memorization game and start the learning?

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