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Nicholas Lukowiak


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Why memorize?

This question was not well thought out, and I apologize, it will be removed after the replies have taken place.

Memorizing is inedible when involving intelligence.


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    Apr 17 2011: Nicholas, also being a student, I understand when you talk about meaningless information to be memorized is the core content of the systems of education around the world. I agree up to some point, since I'm also a militant of critical thought as the main capacity to be developed by schools.

    However, we can't be only google people. The acess to information might be esay, but you can't know or learn about everything at the same speed as you search for someone's birth date on Wikipedia. We need to have in our minds concepts, analysis and some type of knowledge. But "having in our minds" does not imply memorization. We need the information, we just have to change the way we accquire it.

    I suggest you take a look on Wikipedia's article on Democratic Education (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_education) and Construtivism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivism_(learning_theory)). I think you might be somewhat interested.
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      Apr 17 2011: You are thinking correctly, however I am surprised no one has thought so just say "memorizing is inedible" ... truly now i can say I did not completely think out my question.

      Even with such processes as "critical thought" as you are circling around there is going to be a need to remember the process in which to organize thoughts effectively, and I tried supplementing this memorizing with understanding. However they are really just one in another concepts ultimately because understanding is memorizing and beyond.

      Not only do I agree with democratic education I have came to understand the flaw in that education also. Not having grounds to understand what a student likes, dislikes, and is talented in puts students choices at a handicap. As democratic education goes the education is negotiable with respects to the students and teacher(s). Again, how do students really know what they can do and not do?


      Is where I posted a curriculum ideal I created with a mixture of education ideals. Tell me what you think.
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        Apr 23 2011: Great idea for the curriculum, Nicholas. I really liked it. I'd make just one change though: from 12 to 14, the change of fixed curriculum to democratic curriculum could be gradual, so the kids would get used to it and made better choices. If it is immediate, it can be kind of abrupt for a 12-year-old. Maybe we could soften this process up a bit.

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