Albert Einstein was once presented with questions from the questionnaire to which Edison subjected prospective employees. When asked, “what is the speed of sound?” He responded, “I don’t know. I don’t burden my memory with such facts that I can easily find in any textbook.”
I recently saw a discussion about good ways to help students memorize the periodic table of elements. Why? There is so much to learn – so much worth learning.
As you contemplate the rest of this year, this summer, and next year, I encourage you to re-thi your approach to education. Of course, we have to focus on science and math. However, instead of committing energy to memorizing “facts that [we] can easily find in any textbook,” or database, shift that energy to critical thinking skills. We live in a world of shoddy information. Developing the skills to be able to identify the legitimate from the nonsense, or the signal from the noise, is of far greater value to a person than the ability to recall myriad facts.
If you are looking for some other great topics on which to focus, perhaps consider some of the following:
- Logic & Reasoning
- Decision Making
- Cognitive Science (the study of thought, learning, and mental organization, which draws on aspects of psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer modeling.)
Whether you attend a RealSchooling.com course on any of these topics, or pursue them on your own, our genuine hope is that your family has an amazing homeschooling experience, and that you all get everything out of it that is possible!
Jeffrey D. Hoffmann, Founder – RealSchooling.com, RealSchooling.blog