A day with Will Richardson, Part 2 – Dangerously Irrelevant

The world is about networks right now (how can I get the answer I need when I need it?), it’s not about textbooks and memorization

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5 thoughts on “A day with Will Richardson, Part 2 – Dangerously Irrelevant

  1. I think this is a dangerous statement. First of all, it seems to dismiss the connection between memorization and learning – is there a connection? I think so. As a math teacher, I've noticed that students who've got their multiplication memorized seem to understand algebra and geometry better than those who don't. Another reason I think this is dangerous is because it's putting a lot of emphasis on the world NOW. Well, we aren't preparing our students for their current lives, we're preparing them for their future lives. At the rate we're making advances in technology, who knows what the world will hold for them in 10 years.

  2. My son refers to his generation as the Totally Lost Generation because so many young people his age (23) don't they really need to know anything because they can look everything up. The thing is, if the knowledge is in one's head, it can be retrieved more quickly than it can be looked up – anywhere.

  3. Memorization is a skill just like the ability to find the correct information is a skill. Neither is more valuable than the other. Neither are high level skills.

  4. I agree on one hand. I don't know every single little rule or nuance of the English language, but I know where to find it. On the other hand, the only reason I know to look for it is because I understood it and knew it at one point. Too many people, students and teachers alike, see a statement like this and take it to mean that they don't need to actually learn anything, they just need to know how to do a Google search, which is not the idea at the heart of this statement. Students still need to learn and understand information or all of the networks in the world will not be able to help them.

  5. Are the lower level skills – like memorization and finding an answer – prerequisite skills for the higher level ones? Or is it possible to skip the lower ones all together? I wonder what research says about this.

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