View single post by timmy
 Posted: Fri Aug 3rd, 2007 04:29 pm
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...totally agree w/Kato about what/how people learn things, recall memory, etc. The same person who can't come up w/a name, piece of data, probably would if prompted by a piece of audio. People learn things today in a myriad of ways and education is still scratching the surface.

Teaching history is a challenge today. Imagine teaching history in the 50's/60's as opposed to today, when another 50 years have passed and one still has the same time span to teach it.

...another problem: the people who know that history are being replaced by a younger generation of teachers who are not as connected. answer one other question you raised, IMR...yes, No Child Left Behind, with its endless litany of tests, tests, tests...lean more on rote information than comprehensive thinking skills. College level, probably not (hopefully not) but still, the learning experiences of those entering higher education are more trained for memorization skills than hands on. Thus our sciences, physics, areas are suffering. The creative student (actors, artists, musicians, etc.) are obviously more "hands on" but are also more intuitive than deductive. Add all this with the increasingly lack of empathy in our younger people and one has one HUGE social problem.

...still, I've also been closely watching the Twin Cites bridge collapse (I'm heading up there tonight for a poetry reading) and realize the common person is still alive and well w/feelings and unhearalded acts of courage toward his/her fellow Man. While, tragic, seeing this gives me hope.