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  •  In many cases, they don't know the material (4+ / 0-)
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    scronk, FlyingToaster, WillR, hulagirl

    The kids are taught how to memorize just enough to do good on the test, but no real understanding of the material.

    In most things, this is easier than you think. But it really does show up later, especially in math.

    If you don't understand what's going on with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, you will be completely lost when you get to fractions, decimals, algebra, or any higher math.

    And many kids today are completely lost when they get to those things.

    The other drawback is the lack of creativity and problem solving skills. Lots of kids today can follow directions, but if they get off track somewhere they are totally and completely lost. They don't know how to backtrack, debug, logically work through a problem, or see options other than what's been done before.

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