Memorization, Standardized Tests, and Official Policy

Teaching answers to standardized tests should not be called “education,” especially when problem-solving will be the most important tool for a generation of students destined to inherit the incredible problems we will leave as our legacy.


Rote memorization of answers to tests will not prepare anyone for this mess we leave. Furthermore, it defies logic to insist that our answers are the ones that should be memorized. Many of our answers have been abject failures, and those of our government have been criminal.

Better we teach our children no answers – only questions and suspicions, courage and insight to detect official ideology. They will need wisdom beyond ours to rebuild our trusted position of leadership in a peaceful world – to restore environmental health to a wounded planet – and to redefine concepts like patriotism, democracy, and morality.

They will need an extraordinary education, not short answers.

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by Jack Blatherwick, PhD | t r u t h o u t | Guest Contributor
December 28, 2006

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