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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Rote learn /memorize or not?

Here is some food for thought - whether we need to rote learn or not? Memorize or not? A nicer way to call it may be learning by heart . Does it help with learning a language? Why? Why not? Does leaning poems by heart help learning other things? It may be, although many educators will say it doesn't have anything with creativity or can even supress the creativity... But, how come kids love nursery rhymes so much and remember them for the whole life? We all do, don't we? Learning by heart may be a kind of training for our brains - although it seems we tend to neglect the importance of training our brains as there's more and more stuff around ready to be used instantaneously, just to spoon feed us...
Here is an interesting article, and comments as well.

Rote memorization: Overrated, or underrated?

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