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    No ReliefMay 25, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Random comment….is there a problem with learning facts? Facts are happy things. If you don’t know anything about facts, how can you apply your knowledge to problem solving, writing, are the understanding of modern day concerns? The answer is…you can’t. Learning facts is boring. True enough. But using the example about farmers in the 19th century, you can understand how economic systems have functioned in the past and gain insight into how they function today, especially as it relates to small businesses like family farmers. But that starts with knowing a boring fact. Knowledge is power, history repeats itself, and all that stuff. Anyway, the broader the base, the higher the pyramid.

    So, learn more not less….and classes that teach kid random crap like “how to work together” and “how to think through problems” without actually TEACHING them anything worry me far more than classes that GASP make you learn actual facts.

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    EvanNov 23, 2009 at 2:23 am

    I’m always down for a good old-fashioned AP roast, but I don’t think that encouraging students to shy away from these classes is the solution to a system that fails to provide students with a “challenging and stimulating education.” If it’s not teaching to AP tests in AP classes, it’s teaching to other tests like the PSAE (part of a test-driven, fact-based environment fostered by NCLB). And you’re right, AP tests are a very sad indicator of the direction our colleges have taken. I implore you to try to be on a first-name basis with a tenured professor at the college you go to–this is a task that I think you will find unbelievably challenging.

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