it sucks that a lot of how your life will turn out is decided by how good you are at remembering things and writing them down in exam conditions
I’m here from a few years into your future to inform you that this is not true.
A lot of your life will be determined by how good you are at remembering how to use skills *after* exam conditions.
Rote memorization is worthless. Your teachers still don’t know the value and purpose of Google.
The ability to identify variables and push them through an equation is key.
Anything that contributes to your being a good problem solver will earn you more money at a higher rate and allow you to work less.
We do know the value of Google. Please don’t blame teachers for the crap we’re forced into by those above. ;)
Also to add to the above, remember you never have to stop learning.
Very fair point. Noted and edited. Also, emphasis on that last bit is key.
There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers being released on Thursday.
The researchers note that their findings represent the subjective views of teachers and should not be seen as definitive proof that widespread use of computers, phones and video games affects students’ capability to focus.
Even so, the researchers who performed the studies, as well as scholars who study technology’s impact on behavior and the brain, say the studies are significant because of the vantage points of teachers, who spend hours a day observing students.
The timing of the studies, from two well-regarded research organizations, appears to be coincidental.
» via The New York Times
When I was a kid, studies told us that constant TV consumption was rotting our brains.
Then we grew up and built the internet as we now know it.
What will the next two generations of “unfocused” kids build?
Something pretty incredible, I’m guessing.
At any given moment, our most complicated machine will be taken as a model of human intelligence, and whatever media kids favor will be identified as the cause of our stupidity. When there were automatic looms, the mind was like an automatic loom; and, since young people in the loom period liked novels, it was the cheap novel that was degrading our minds. When there were telephone exchanges, the mind was like a telephone exchange, and, in the same period, since the nickelodeon reigned, moving pictures were making us dumb. When mainframe computers arrived and television was what kids liked, the mind was like a mainframe and television was the engine of our idiocy. Some machine is always showing us Mind; some entertainment derived from the machine is always showing us Non-Mind.
Mathematics are very little understood by the way it is taught in schools. Most of us are made phobics of mathematics in high school, by the ridiculous way it is taught. All you’re thinking about throughout the semester is ‘is this going to be on the test?’ whereas what you should be thinking is “what becomings do numbers make possible?
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