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Reply #46 - Short Term vs Long Term Memory
Thanks for the comments, seneca. When Chinese students learn their 5,000-year history, along with other civilzations of the world and learn scores of Tang Dynasty poerty by heart, that's not short-term memory at work. Chinese students generally know much more history and geogrophy than, say their counterparts in America. European students also score much higher in those areas than their American counterparts in general.|
On the other hand, if many students cannot remember much of their several hundre years of history, that's not even short-term memory at work. If students cannot tell where is Iraq, that's not even learning.
Some students cannot start to face learning without being told how effortless, painless, light-hearted, easy-going, entertaining and pampering education is, or why you don't really need to do any serious reading or learn anything by heart. They think teachers have to entertain them, and that their teachers never do a good job on that score.
China's education has many problems and challenges. That goes without saying. But the most pressing thing to do would be for teachers to instill and inspire, that is, teaching knowledge, and encouraging critical thinking, curiosity, imagination, and creativity on the part of students.
Memory based knowledge is a precondition for learning. There will be no long term memory without short term memory. And in many ways, short term memory is much better than no memory.
[ Last edited by xinghai at 2010-6-28 11:55 PM ]