I was chatting-via-email with Allison yesterday re: rote learning …. which I’d been thinking about again, in the wake of yet another reference to the horrors of brute memorization in the Times:
The Common Core, the most significant change to American public education in a generation, was hailed by the Obama administration as a way of lifting achievement at low-performing schools. After decades of rote learning, children would become nimble thinkers equipped for the modern age, capable of unraveling improper fractions and drawing connections between Lincoln and Pericles.
Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ | JUNE 14, 2014
There it is again: the problem we don’t have (decades of rote learning), being solved by the problem we do have (decades of thinking without knowing). Same old, same old, except they’ve upped the ante. Nimble thinkers, for pete’s sake. At age 9.