said in the homework thread for me thinking. She/he (sorry I’m not sure!) said their son observed that kids used to memorizing everything were struggling. I have been surprised by the amount of memorization my son has been expected to do. He comes from a school, that for all its many faults, wasn’t big on memorization. They taught much more in a way where you engage with material and then get tested. My son was memorizing a chart of verb endings and said he had no idea how to even use them yet So he had to just straight up memorize them. Same thing in science. Term quiz but they’ve barely talked about stuff, not done any labs, so the kids have to just plain memorize because they haven’t had time to actually engage with the material and learn it in a natural way. This is a disappointment.
Has anyone heard about the study they did at lawrenceville? Where they gave kids final exams at the end of the year and the average grade was a B or higher. Then gave the same kids the same test at the start of the next school year and the average grade was an F. Pretty cool study. Pretty brave of them to publish it. I am quite sure this is how my child is currently learning.