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Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing by Benedict Carey at the NYTimes.com:
The basic insight is as powerful as it is surprising: Testing might be the key to studying, rather than the other way around. As it turns out, a test is not only a measurement tool. It’s a way of enriching and altering memory.
I love reading about effective learning techniques and this one by Benedict Carey at the NYTimes.com is well done. Who doesn’t want to be a better learner? I wish that our education system did a better job of educating our teachers on these findings. This article, for example, gives evidence to the effectiveness of “pretesting” as learning technique. This information is useless if our teachers don’t practice and apply pretesting in their classrooms.
Unfortunately, we’re still teaching our kids useless learning techniques like highlight and underlining. If the education system make educating our teachers more of a priority, then the parents will have to act. My son is just about to turn one at the end of this month, but once he starts going to school I’m going to be all over his teacher’s ass about this stuff. Time for things to change.