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Published: Thursday, Jan. 31 2013 3:03 p.m. MST

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Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

Good math teachers have always emphasized more than just memorization. Successful math students realize the need for more than just memorization.

That's the view of one who taught math for 40 years.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

I can remember a time in education when you didn't memorize anything but how to do the math. You learn math and science and all learning by doing and repetition because we do not have photographic memories or implanted microchips, but we do have the ability to learn by imprinting skills. This sounds like another road to failure and tragic loss of young minds that are able to learn skills.

This idea of concept is worse than trying to memorize, it will dumb down anyone who can't takes any math course. And as the story says, its easier to test concetp than if they can do a math problem to figure out if they are getting paid to work or if it becomes a day of chits and tokens of value like we had in the 1860's wage systems in sweat factories where you volunteered your life.

Education is impossible to quantify and measure and test. That's why it has always been left up to trained teachers who work closely with students to know if they are learning or have a learning problem. How do you measure failure? No one can figure it out.

worf
Mcallen, TX

What rubbish.

Memorization is focused study, and great for learning.

Skilled doctors, engineers, chemists, etc-have been doing this for years. We've got to stop watering down the curriculum.

I hope my doctor, or dentist have knowledge memorized.

Ideas like this are ruining our people.

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