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Do schools just test your memory?

As a middle school student I have rather unsatisfactory grades but the way I see it, I just have a bad memory.

Think about it, don't tests technically just assess what you remember and not what you actually know? I could remember that 2 + 2 = 4 but that doesn't mean I know why. I guess this doesn't count for those who actually understand the process.

Please share your opinions with me, I am here to learn.

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    Nov 12 2012: Ali, schools do test memory and understanding . We do need to commit to memory certain basics to promote understanding of the concepts. For example, how did you learn to speak and write ..by memorizing the alphabets and words..unconsciously most of the time. The grammar you may have acquired by understanding. The same principle applies to all the subjects, including learning to play an instrument.

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