Students accept challenge to memorize Gettysburg Address

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 20, 2013 11:02 p.m.

    Memorizing is intense/focused study, and provides greater learning than standardized testing.

    Students memorizing is a breath of fresh air.---Water to a thirsty mind.

  • Texas Ken Killeen, TX
    Nov. 19, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    Why is this such a unique challenge? I memorized it as part of my standard curriculum in 5th grade at Mountview Elementary 40 years ago. My younger sister also memorized it as part of her standard elementary curriculum in Southern Utah (I can't remember what grade she was in). If this is such a unique challenge, then it must have fallen from standard curriculum in recent years. The speech is brilliant -- President Lincoln communicated so much, applicable to all generations, in so few words. The principles he expounded so far exceed the political issues of his day, and are far from unique to our own country's government or the generation to whom he originally spoke. Why is learning this speech so special for the 150th anniversary? This "challenge" should return to standard curriculum.