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Busy mom and loving it... dd (2/03), ds (6/05), dd (8/07), ds (12/09), ??? due 5/12
DS1: 2/02 DD: 9/04 DS2: 9/07 and EDD: 11/13
I only skimmed the article so forgive me if I get it wrong but I really think that the problem isn't lack of memorization in schools/education today (who didn't have flash cards or have to memorize random map locations or science facts or whatever...). I think its more the dumbing down of education in general. Kids now (and in the past 20 years or so) don't memorize great poems or works of literature because they are not introduced to them til much later in their schooling (jr high or later) rather than right from the get go. And so often when poetry and plays are introduced its in a way that makes the kids enemies with it.
When it comes down to it you can force things into your memory short term but the only way they stay there long term and become cherished is if it was memorized out of love to begin with.