Posted on | November 18, 2009 | By Guest Contributor | 29 Comments
Dear Beyond BT
I’m a BT for many years with a Masters Degree so I certainly see the value of a good education. The problem I’m facing is that while helping some memorization challenged children with their tests, I have become increasingly aware that there is a tremendous amount of trivial information that has to be memorized. I know personally that much of the history and science I had to memorize has proved to be useless from an information perspective.
So when my children ask why they have to know this, I’m often stumped and at a loss to provide motivational inputs.
What is the value of so much memorization?
Wouldn’t focusing on teaching our children analytical skills be time better spent?
If I really do think much of the memorization is not valuable, what should I tell my kids when asked, why they have to know this?
Thanks in Advance