Clearly, I was being ‘ambitious’ when I said ‘tomorrow’!
But doesn’t this lead to a risk of rote learning?
Only insomuch as there’s ever a risk that any given teacher will promote knowledge acquisition that is rote in nature.
In an earlier post I talked about Ben Orlin’s criticism of mnemonics. One example always stuck with me:
“We could teach that during the civil war, ‘Maryland was a part of the union because marriage is a union.’ The mnemonic is easy to remember, but provides no understanding of the situation….”
I don’t know much about US history. It’s with the greatest of ironies that, in speaking with friends about this example, I have always first used Orlin’s mnemonic to recall the states to which he was referring, and that they were a part of the union, and then used that recalled knowledge as a cue to remember the reasons…
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