What's more important for education? Having a student memorize a huge list of facts or having that student know how to find the right facts if asked? It's an ongoing debate, but there is still a belief among many that cramming kids' heads full of facts amounts to education -- but it would seem that teaching students how to learn is much more important than just teaching them facts. At least a few schools appear to be recognizing this, even if it seems to horrify the old guard. The first thing that some of these schools are doing is "legalizing cheating," by letting students go ahead and look stuff up online as they take a test, or perhaps to communicate with others. While we've seen so many fear-mongering stories about just how horrible it is that students might use a mobile phone in class to cheat, others seem to recognize that, later on in life, these students will have mobile phones or other communications systems, and there's nothing wrong with having them learn to use those tools when they come across some question they don't know the answer to. While there are some quotes from people who disapprove of the practice, it would seem that a well written quiz or test should be able to take into account the fact that the students have all possible resources at their disposal. If the goal is teaching kids how to find the answers they need, rather than simply cramming a bunch of facts into their brains, perhaps allowing them to "cheat" makes a lot of sense.
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