Rote Learning vs Reflection Learning

Rote Learning is where you’re told how to do something and then you do it that way over and over and over until you can replicate that procedure on a test. The best rote learners get A’s on a lot of activities both inside and outside of school from teachers and bosses and society members.

Reflection learners think about a situation, combine ideas together to make new ideas, and then discern what they think are the key ideas to extract from the situation and then apply those ideas in new situations. Reflection learners don’t get A’s on a lot of activities because their teachers or bosses or society members don’t agree with their conclusions.

Which is a better preparation for life and adulthood and responsibilities?

(Hint: It’s not the first one.)

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