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When I Go Into a Classroom...

August 23, 2010

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When I go into a classroom, in order to get a dialogue going, I usually ask an uncomplicated question or two. Heres one Ive tried a few times: When did Christopher Columbus arrive in the Americas? I ask. At first I was astonished when no one knew the answer to that question. Now Im no longer surprised.

But I am disturbed, for several reasons. Yes, it makes clear the historical illiteracy of our time. But there is something else. It points to the rejection of memorization as a tool of teaching. (more…)




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