Today’s AJC Arts & Books section contained a capsule review of Education for Thinking by Deanna Kuhn, which stated:
Here’s a novel idea: Schoolchildren should be taught how to think. Inquiry and argument — not rote learning — should be at the center of education, says Kuhn.
There’s just one problem. To be ultimately effective, education has to use BOTH methods. Rote learning provides the knowledge base upon which to base inquiry and argument. With only rote learning as a foundation, any new idea or problem that comes along will stymie you. With only the ability to question and debate, there is no factual foundation upon which to build intelligent questions and formulate cohesive arguments.
Of course, the public education system today appears to be doing a decent job of neither, based on what I see in the college classroom.