Thursday, July 28, 2011


William Klemm, a neuroscience professor at Texas A&M University, on memorizing:

“Creativity comes from a mind that knows, and remembers, a lot.”

He argues that memorization both improves thinking and arms us with the facts to defend our arguments. The more you know, the easier it is to seek out new information, evaluate it and do something with it.  And remember it.


  1. This is so true. The push to skip over content knowledge and get to "critical thinking skills" gives students a very bizarre idea of what critical thinking looks like in the real world. And even more so the academic world, and the world of work.

  2. Thank you for the JMAP link.

    Do you realize I can get a pdf copy of each book that we use for 4 years PLUS the AAMSCO books PLUS Dyna's foldables PLUS all the handouts here ( on one cd? And that is enough material to teach 4 years of math?