How arts education and rote learning go hand in hand
For the publisher: As an educator, I totally agree with Doug Lemov that learning and keeping basic facts and creating a supportive and inclusive environment are essential to good pedagogy.
What I do not understand is the total absence of artistic education in its solutions.
For thousands of years, the arts have helped students memorize facts, work together, and strengthen social cohesion. Have you ever wondered why there are so many songs in preschool and kindergarten classes? Just singing facts makes it much more likely that those facts will be remembered.
Research on the academic benefits of the arts abounds. Students who study the arts do better in all aspects of education, but the arts remain ignored, underfunded, and misused throughout our education system.
There is no silver bullet to fixing education, but any viable solution must include a significant investment in arts education.
The science is clear: it’s time to start investing and promoting arts education in our schools.
Carlos Anwandter, Gardena
For the publisher: The isolation experienced by the students also contributed to their unfinished learning. Reimbursement and booking field trips will be the antidote to this isolation and provide another way for students to learn facts as well as coveted critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Parents should take their children out too. Museums are open again, as are hiking trails and libraries.
Even take the kids shopping. The grocery store is a real university of mathematics, reading and science.
Sari Goodman, Los Angeles
For the publisher: The problem with teaching rote learning is that you are not teaching the “why”.
Wait. This is a good thing. Higher level thinking requires the ability to assume things like “that ‘x’ is equal to three.” But the children will say, “Teacher, why is ‘x’ three? “
The mind must be flexible and willing to learn. People who ask why are often just lazy and impatient. People should use their brains and understand it.
Learning the basics through rote learning creates a concrete foundation on which the structures of analytical thinking can be built.
Paul Garcia, Whittier