Originally Posted by Oriole
and I have seen drastic difference in instruction in American education, for some reason it shuns away from any kind rote memorization (be it math classroom or language arts, also explains why they don't know what a verb is by 6th grade, no one has ever asked them to memorize any kind of rules with explanation or without!).
I can shed some light on why this is.
Memorization and other forms of rote learning were SERIOUSLY badmouthed by my education "professors" when I got my certification. Really, they reacted to the idea that children should be made to memorize stuff about as well as we on MDC would react to the idea that we should all raise our children as formula-eating White Supremacists.
Really, it wasn't a case of presenting both sides of the issue -- it was out-and-out derided as "boring" and "old-fashioned" and associated with things like Sister Mary Knucklebreaker or Mr. Gradgrind types of authoriarian, punitive teachers. It wasn't fun. It didn't help their sense of self-esteem.
What that did was to set up a generation of professors teaching teachers teaching students not to memorize, and a generation of other teachers who'd never learned how to do fundamental math without a calculator being unable to teach any cool memorization tricks because they themselves had never learned them.
And that brings us to today.
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