Testing gurus and educational administrators are trying to teach America’s children to think. I’m not against thinking. But I will observe that thinking comes somewhat naturally to this species.
If we fill our students’ heads with facts, they will think. But you can’t think (clearly) until you actually know something and know it reasonably well. Too many students have learned too little to effectively think about the topics they are given.
Eduhonesty: Recent generations are ripe for deception. They don’t have the knowledge base to recognize propaganda and they don’t understand the need to acquire that knowledge base. We have let them retrieve too often and we have forced them to memorize too little.