Now that you bring it up, I suppose that a few of my intro courses have been the "spew" courses. However, I think that those were mostly just to give a foundation in the subject (the ones that come to mind are chemistry, history, and calc 1 and 2). Each class after that (even liberal arts courses) have been largely collaborative, and not "memorized exam" based.
I think that the best news is that the concept of constant connection and collaboration is starting to catch on more and more as the internet gains more ground, so your light at the end of the tunnel is probably accurate.
I don't know how it is at other schools, but I go to a fairly well reknown engineering school. Team projects are the name of the game, and memorization has been downplayed in nearly every subject I've taken. We are encouraged to collaborate in homework, in projects, in lab exercises, in reports, and in just about everything except for tests, where we are tested on how well we can prepare a "cheat sheet" (IE, identifying what information will be useful in the future) and how well we can do the math (which is extremely important for future engineers).
I think that in primary school, you aren't being taught these things because you do need a foundation of basic memorizaed facts before you can enter and succeed in college (such as math and grammar), but that in most colleges, teamwork is now the name of the game.
However, as I said before, I can only speak of the methods of my school and no where else.
The congressional members are better informed than ever, not just on the direct implications of copyright and patent, but in the longer term financial and social implications of them, and almost without exception, they prefer extension to regression. That should tell you something.
Well, despite what the naysayers say, this is a great business model. Having avidly read Techdirt for over a year now, I felt no need to get an account until you became T-Shirt salesmen. I will wear my Techdirt hoodie proudly, and maybe comment more often now too!
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