Teaching Smart vs. not LO13588

Michael Gort (gort@ms.com)
Tue, 13 May 1997 01:12:06 -0400

Replying to LO13581 --

Responding to : Bill Harris

"I don't mean this to be too critical, but I am nervous about giving up
skills to machines before they have learned enough to assume the
responsibility. :-) (The same goes for calculation skills, BTW.)"

Bill: I don't mean to be as critical as that sounds when read back to me.
By draconian, I mean giving 10 year old boys 2+ hours of homework a day,
and then focusing at times on rote memorization drills. The ability to
write, to read and to calculate are important, but spelling tests and
multiplication tables are not really core to those goals, are they? The
emphasis wrong, and the effect of two hours of memorization work is very
demoralizing to a youngster who should also be reading more and simply
playing ball. In our world, we certainly know that memorizing and knowing
a list of values published for an organization certainly does not assure
that those values will be implemented.



"Michael Gort"<gort@ms.com>

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