Friday, February 08, 2008

Learning State Capitals

I watched my daughter try to memorize all the states capitals last night and this morning for a test today. I remain annoyed at these efforts. Very stressful, time-consuming, and of unclear benefit to me. While it's fun to be able to rattle off (Maine-Augusta: Maryland-Annapolis) the names, I'm not convinced that it's worth the time and effort. While name recognition is pleasant, I feel that it's a hollow exercise. But it's an effort made by most schools and most students. When I was small, my brothers and Dad used to take great pleasure in learning them and firing them back and forth over breakfast (including mottos: The ShowMe State?)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you see no value in having a child memorize information. I sincerely doubt your child was only given one day to memorize this information. Children do tend to blow things off when they know if they whine to mommy they'll get away with it. I understand that we live in the "information age" and this type of information is a mouse click away. However, if we never have our little angels memorize anything. The brain will simply rot away. What is wrong with having expectations ??? Is it a thing of the past? Don't plan on your baby ever making it on to "Jeopardy"!!!