Move Over Memorization

April 2, 2015
Lydia Dobyns

Lydia Dobyns

It’s All About Curiosity and Tomorrow’s Job Skills

(Part 1 of a 2-part series on the ‘Workforce of the Future’)
Good grades all too often reflect good memorization and test-taking skills. We have to ask ourselves, now that answers to myriads of questions are a google search away, why would we measure student knowledge by an ability to regurgitate facts through multiple choice tests? In our work lives, we are often judged by our ability to demonstrate and apply an understanding of readily accessible data or facts. This places “learning to learn” as a critical guiding principle for learning. A challenge we face as educators is how do we create a meaningful, relevant education experience that prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist?
One place to start is with curiosity ─ creating a mind brought alive by inquiry. It’s replacing — getting the correct answer in the fastest time with the least effort possible — with an appetite for curiosity, the desire to know and learn. This will help students develop new skills; and this adaptive behavior capacity will be essential to be employable in an ever-changing workplace.

Read the full blog on the Huffington Post.