195 Countries – Why you can’t just look them up

...to the real.

“Why?  If it can be ‘Googled’ it’s not a great question to begin with.  Unless I’m on Jeopardy why do I need this info? ”

In the age of Google, why bother learning random information like the names of countries and their capitals. I would rather know the symbols of the elements.

I’ve touched on this several times in the posts so far, and to be honest, E.D. Hirsch probably puts it better than I can, here.

Daniel Willingham interprets parts of this idea in an excellent, and succinct video here.

But the mind is so brutally enslaved to this myth that it warrants ever more effort to liberate our collective consciousness from it.  The links above are best placed to do this.

To reiterate some of my earlier points:

  • Sometimes you’re not in a position, or of an inclination to ‘look it up’
  • Your mind often tries to…

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About Kris Boulton

Teach First 2011 maths teacher, focussed on curriculum design.
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