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Trivia vs. Understanding

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Patch says,

Good reading: Guessing the Teacher’s Password up at Overcoming Bias. The post succinctly summarizes the difference between knowing the words for something, and having a good model in your head about something, and notes that our education system emphasizes the former sort of token knowledge over actual understanding.

The more I improve my own internal model of how the human mind works, the more the U.S. education system horrifies me. Something really must be done, though the problem is so huge, it is hard to know where to start …