Aug 23, 2022
Leadership qualities can only be taught to students when they can be independent to make their own decisions. How can someone who has always relied on facts fed into his head take
his own decisions? How will he face difficult situations or react in an unknown environment? It's important for students to be able to draw conclusions from their learnings, and not just focus on repeating information.
Cramming large amounts of specific details and facts may quickly become a laborious task for many students. The question remains — are they actually learning something or simply memorising it to pass an exam?
Students must use memory games and techniques to make the repetition stay put in their minds. There's no bridge between old and new concepts. In fact, knowledge-building is non-existent. Some students may find information retention difficult to master, whereas others will excel in this area.
Educators should incorporate some rote learning with other teaching methods to help their students remember valuable information. Building a student's competency, depends on how well-versed he is with the subject matter. The use of reference books helps students put theoretical knowledge to practice. It helps them deal with a variety of questions, and prepares them well for exams along with developing his analytical abilities.
Disadvantages of rote learning
Some educators believe memorization limits students' options and doesn't promote questioning and thinking. More disadvantages associated with rote memorization include:
Easy loss of focus
No use of social skills during rote learning
Promotes short-term memory instead of long-term recall
It's repetitive and tedious. Students may lose interest after a time
It doesn't encourage students to grow, explore, and think out of the box
Critical thinking skills do not have the chance to develop with memorization
Social interaction is unlikely to occur between students because they'll be focused on memorization instead of working together.
Students lose the ability to think for themselves because they're accustomed to following instructions. They cannot build leadership skills.
Rote memorization does not promote critical thinking. Critical thinking skills could fall by the wayside if rote learning becomes your primary teaching method.
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