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More parents take to home-schooling their kids, term school studies as rote-learning

Children have always learned naturally from grandparents, parents and elder siblings by accompanying them to the market, to the jungle, to the river, or to the fields.  463 more words

Education

Core Knowledge - Education or GroupThink?

An English charter school chain, Inspiration Trust, went to visit Core Knowledge in the USA and are very clearly thrilled with what they see.

What I see is kids taught by “drill and kill” methods – GroupThink at its worst. 157 more words

Education

It's Mechanical From Here On Out

(mechanical, repetitive and involving straight white males in the only roles of significance – it’s just like the Transformers movies!)

By ‘mechanical’, I’m referring to doing things that are intense repetitive, rather than ‘creative’ work which can be done from the comfort of a beanbag under the influence of some slightly illegal narcotics. 400 more words

Updates

The superiority of rote learning over analysis

I was intrigued by the story of Saidina Ali ibn Abi Talib’s mathematical genius that I had posted on my Facebook, which I’m going to reproduce below. 2,122 more words

Education System in Tamil Nadu: The worst

Nowadays,  our parents are aware that they should educate their children so that they can get a job and they are paid with a hefty salary. 583 more words

Education System

Is there a place for rote learning in education?

A question I have been pondering this week. Inspired by a colleague in a previous school and frustrated by the poor recall skills of Year 7 (our only year group) in their most recent assessment, I decided to see whether rote learning could help in any way. 590 more words

Assessment

Memorizing the phone book: a lesson in futility

Can you imagine what it would be like to sit in a classroom and be asked to memorise the phone book for your city:

Aaronson, B.         640 more words