Sorry liberals, students need rote and repetition

It works and it’s the same reason Asia is trashing the West.

They are big on rote.

http://nautil.us/issue/17/big-bangs/how-i-rewired-my-brain-to-become-fluent-in-math-rd
“Worse, students often believe they understand something when, in fact, they don’t. By championing the importance of understanding, teachers can inadvertently set their students up for failure as those students blunder in illusions of competence.”

Oh look, all the problems and here’s the source.

I don’t think it’s inadvertent.
Understanding concepts is lazy introductory work. They’re trying to turn STEM into something like English lit, where your ability to blag counts for something.

“I couldn’t help but reflect back on the West Point-trained engineers I’d worked with in the Army. Their mathematically and scientifically based approach to problem-solving was clearly useful for the real world—far more useful than my youthful misadventures with math had been able to imagine.”

The sound of liberal arts majors weeping.
What goes unmentioned is that high neural plasticity exists in the innately intelligent. Stupid people are stuck and past a certain age, can’t learn new tricks. Considering the low IQ of Education majors, perhaps they’re literally incapable of teaching these things? Wouldn’t we have to fire them? Or pay them based on performance?

“I was beginning to intuit that the sparse outlines of the equation were like a metaphorical poem, with all sorts of beautiful symbolic representations embedded within it.”

The liberal arts refuses to believe other subjects possess emotion. Or beauty.

“Time after time, professors in mathematics and the sciences have told me that building well-ingrained chunks of expertise through practice and repetition was absolutely vital to their success.”

Lazy teachers screaming in the distance.
It’s very simple.
Go back to the old repetition or don’t bother sending the kids to school because they’ll literally forget everything over summer anyway.

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2 responses to “Sorry liberals, students need rote and repetition

  1. This is so true and needs to shown to everyone. This sort of memorization should be imposed even in the humanities. My father is a Romanian immigrant and will spontaneously quote Romanian poetry whenever he can. He’s an electrician, not any sort of humanities major and I’ll bet he can quote more Romanian poetry than Americans can quote American poetry. I remember when I took an AP English class, the teacher made us memorize the opening to the Canterbury Tales in the middle English, now almost 10 years later and I can still quote some of it. Looking back on my education, I now wonder why we didn’t memorize poetry like this more often? What better way to attach citizens to their culture than to have them memorize poetry? No wonder white college liberals believe that white culture doesn’t exist, because they were never really exposed to it to begin with.

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