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Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toeby Matthew Jones
I first saw this game on the Ben's blog and was immediately amazed by its simplicity. I don't think our education system really focuses on teaching us to think multiple levels deep when solving a problem. There's a reason why people who are trained in chess are good at evaluating various future outcomes and making good moves based on their expectation of how their opponent will play.
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When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learningby Ben Orlin
Cheat sheets aim to substitute for memorization, and I hate it when my students memorize things. I define memorization as learning an isolated fact through deliberate effort. Memorization is a frontage road: It runs parallel to the best parts of learning, never intersecting...Overreliance on memorization is like most problems in education: systemic. One teacher can't topple the tyrant's statue alone. But she can begin to chip away at the base.
What are your thoughts on the role of memorization in education?
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Why Not to Trust Statisticsby Anant Jain
This was a great illustration of the pitfalls of using various types of statistical measures.